ARCHIVE: Veterinary surveillance: Metadata standard for RADAR data
As an overall standard the e-GMS contains a superset of all the metadata ‘elements’ and ‘refinements’ needed within the public sector to describe a variety of digital formats e.g. documents, web pages etc. Several of these elements and refinements are therefore not relevant when describing datasets and have not been incorporated within the RADAR ‘localised standard’.
Similarly, certain metadata elements and refinements may be applicable to some data sets within RADAR and not to others. The e-GMS has certain ‘mandatory’ elements and refinements which information providers are obliged to complete. Other elements and refinements are either ‘mandatory if applicable’, ‘recommended’ or ‘optional’.
Because of the need of RADAR users to understand the quality of the source data, a further mandatory element (not specified in the e-GMS) of ‘Quality’ with the associated refinements of ‘Assessment’ and ‘Audit Document’ has been incorporated into the RADAR metadata standards.
Each time a data set or ‘new format’ of a data set is incorporated within RADAR its associated metadata is completed using a RADAR metadata template and attached to it. A full description and more detailed information about the RADAR metadata standard for RADAR datasets can be found in the following document:
- RADAR metadata standard for datasets (PDF 552 KB)
The RADAR Data Catalogue
The RADAR project is developing its own computer application for managing metadata and to act as a repository for describing the content and meaning of all of the information within RADAR. This application will be known as the RADAR data catalogue.
September 8, 2009
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