Saturday, 18 January 2014

Standards & Metadata, Part VIII

My previous post on this topic stated how careful documentation and appropriate metadata high-grades any information that is shared online by giving origin, context and other information. It helps build bridges and I quipped a well-known tear down this wall that also closed my second last post on free data and apps.

In that post I described how UK Parish data underpinning my geo-history project came from publicly released Ordnance Survey Boundary Line data. I attributed the data in both figures of that post. And also adds a data source to each webmap, as in the middle map here.  Now Mapcentia, whose service is used to post that project, also added a metadata button next to each Table of Contents item, as entered in GeoCloud2 database - and to repeat them, see how it works on my map (thanks for the referral).

So to recap, in increasing levels of complexity and power, metadata are:
  • attribution (required by most public sources)
  • actual source of the data (web link, author, date)
  • description of the data (as it pertains to the topic)
  • full metadata servers (as for ex.
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