This template is for use in compiling metadata content in a structured tabular format that can be automatically transformed into any of several metadata encoding and content schemes. The content is based on the USGIN Recommended Metadata Model The goal of this template is to make metadata creation easier while still complying to metadata requirements for the:
National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) project
OGC Catalog Service for the Web (CSW) protocol
ISO 19139 (international geospatial metadata) standard
This spreadsheet is somewhat different from other templates in that the column names in the spreadsheet are not precisely the same as xml elements in the interchange document used to transport the metadata content. Metadata is being encoding for the NGDS using ISO19139 xml encoding of ISO 19115 content. This is a complex XML schema that can not be fully represented in the flat table format offered by a spreadsheet. Column names in the spreadsheet correspond to element names in the XML loosely.