Jun 08, 2009 08:00 AM
Jun 09, 2009 05:00 PM
|Contact Name||Tim Mulrooney|
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GIS data are the digital representation of the world in which we live. A Geographic Information System serves as the tangible and intangible means by which spatially related phenomena can be created, stored, analyzed and rendered. While many only see the output of GIS data and analysis in the form of maps, the most costly component of any geospatial enterprise is the creation of these spatial data that contribute to these analyses and output. This data creation takes on many different forms, ranging from the conversion of analog data to the use of high precision equipment.
It is necessary that a mechanism exists to describe the methods and personnel who contribute to the creation and editing of these data. GIS metadata serves as the formal framework to catalog information about a GIS data set. Metadata is independent of the encoded spatial and attribute information. GIS metadata is a subset of electronic metadata which catalogs electronic resources such as web pages and software applications. However, GIS metadata is inherently different than the aforementioned electronic media because each metadata file can be applied to a spatial component that is not implicit with other forms of metadata.
We are pleased to announce and invite you to participate in Metadata 101: Hands-On Metadata Training and Support for North Carolina. This GIS metadata training workshop will be held at The Transforming Communities Research Laboratory at Winston-Salem State University and funding is provided through the FGDC (Federal Geographic Data Committee) CAP Grant Program.