Courses tagged with "2016": 2

This course is designed to give guidance on bringing together measurements from disparate field studies and projects to preserve the data for future use and easy dissemination to researchers and the public.   There are worldwide subsurface ocean observing systems such as the Argo project of autonomous profiling floats and the Ship of Opportunity Program which facilitates the deployment of Expendable Bathythermographs (XBTs) along merchant shipping lines.  But many oceanographic field studies are more localized, from a mooring at a single coastal site to fisheries research cruises within a country’s coastal waters to trans basin lines such as the long running time series at 24®N in the Atlantic Ocean used to monitor the Atlantic Overturning Circulation.  Locally, nationally, regionally, and globally, an important task is to bring together these measurements in their different forms, with different crucial metadata, from different instrumentation, from different field projects so the data can be used to understand ocean and climate beyond the original scope of the various projects.  The first day of the course will be concerned with the mechanics and data base skills necessary to bring together data at levels beyond a single cruise or mooring and serve them to the researchers and the public In a way that can be easily utilized, with sufficient information for a researcher 50 years in the future to still understand.

Category: 2016


This course introduces the concept, development, applications and evaluation of metadata. Through a combination of practical exercises, participants will critically examine metadata issues, standards, and best practices, and will evaluate the role of metadata in Ocean data management.


  • To introduce Marine Data Managers to the concept of metadata
  • To introduce metadata standards used to describe marine data
  • To highlight the importance of metadata for your organization
  • To provide practical experience in writing good metadata.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles, concepts and types of metadata
  • Explore various metadata standards
  • Understand different issues in the applications of metadata standards
  • Gain experience in applying selected metadata standards to the creation of   metadata records
  • Practical  experience in use of an open source catalogue application to manage metadata
  • Implement metadata decisions in ocean data project

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Category: 2016