Metadata is a component of the data”
Data about data -- describes existing data )A standardized form of metadata was published in June 1994 by the FGDC; an international standard should be ready in 2003
An Operational View of Geospatial Data
Organize and maintain an institution's internal investment in geospatial data. (Do you know what you've got?)
Provide information about an organization's data to catalogues and clearinghouses. (Can you describe to someone else what you've got?) (Is it useful to advertise or promote what you have?)
Provide information during a data transfer. (Can potential users figure out what you've done?)
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