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GeoBTAA Metadata Handbook

This handbook describes how to curate metadata records for the BTAA Geoportal.

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GeoBTAA Metadata Profile

The GeoBTAA Metadata Profile combines the OpenGeoMetadata schema, local input guidelines, and custom elements.

Content Organization Model for the BTAA Geoportal

The Content Organization Model defines how records are organized and how they are related within the BTAA Geoportal.

Curation workflows

Step by step guides for selecting, submitting, harvesting, editing, publishing, and maintaining metadata records in the BTAA Geoportal

Version History

Changes for Version 4.4 (August 23, 2022)

  • updated theme
  • reorganized and expanded navigation menu
  • new sections for Harvesting Guide and using GEOMG

Changes for Version 4.3 (August 15, 2022)

  • migrate to platform
  • update bounding box entry guidelines
  • add GEOMG page

Changes for Version 4.2 (March 24, 2022)

  • New Entry and Usage Guidelines page
  • Expands content organization model documentation
  • Changes the name of the schema from 'Aardvark' to 'OpenGeoMetadata (version Aardvark)'
  • Cleans up outdated links

Changes for Version 4.1 (Jan 2022)

  • updates Status as optional; removes controlled vocabulary
  • Clarifies relationship model

Changes for Version 4.0 (July 2021)

  • Incorporation of GEOMG Metadata Editor
  • Upgrade to Aardvark Metadata Schema for GeoBlacklight

Changes for version 3.3 (May 13, 2020)

  • Added University of Nebraska
  • Reorganized Metadata Elements to match editing template
  • Updated the “Update the Collections” section to match new administrative process for tracking records

Changes for version 3.2 (Jan 8, 2020)

  • Added Date Range element

Changes for version 3.1 (Dec 19, 2019)

  • Added collection level records metadata schema

Changes for version 3 (Oct, 2019)

  • GeoNetwork and Omeka deprecated
  • all GeoBlacklight records are stored in a master spreadsheet in Google - Sheets
  • records are transformed from CSV to GeoBlacklight JSON with a Python script
  • additional metadata fields were added for administrative purposes
  • IsPartOf field now holds a code pointing to the collection record
  • Administrative groupings such as “State agencies geospatial data” are now subjects, not a Collection
  • updated editing templates available
  • all supplemental metadata can be stored as XML or HTML in project hosted folder
  • updated links to collections database


Handbook prepared by:

  • Karen Majewicz, Geospatial Product Manager
  • Ziying (Gene) Cheng - Graduate Research Assistant

Last update: August 23, 2022