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Identify
cThe name of the Services staff person entering the metadata. This person may or may not be the metadata contact. A list box is provided. This field is for internal use only.

Field Type: text
Domain
: text .. "Carol Bernard", "Lian Chen", "Chris Daniel", "Vicky Kline", "Charla Lillis", "Dan Sadler", "Barb Selbst", "Tim Taormino", "Apollo Teng", "John Schlee", "James Simkins", "Chris Bingley"

Originator
The name of an organization or individual that created the data set.

Example: "Montgomery County DTS-GIS Services", "Montgomery County DPWT", "M-NCPPC"

Field Type
: text
Domain
: free text
FGDC Equivalent: Originator
This is an FGDC mandatory field

Publication Date
The date of data publication expressed as MM/DD/YYYY. Please use the format indicated in the example below.

Example: 12/09/1999

Field Type
: date
Domain
: free date
FGDC Equivalent: Publication_Date
This is an FGDC mandatory field

Title
The file name or title of a data set.

Example: Election Districts

Field Type: text
Domain
: free text
FGDC Equivalent: Title
This is an FGDC mandatory field

Edition
The version of the Title. 

Example: First

Field Type: text
Domain: free text
FGDC Equivalent: Edition
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.
Presentation Form
The mode in which the geo-spatial data are represented

Examples: "atlas", "audio", "diagram", "document", "globe", "map", "model", "multimedia presentation", "profile", "raster digital data", "remote-sensing image", "section", "spreadsheet", "tabular digital data", "vector digital data", "video", "view"

Field Type: text
Domain: free text
FGDC Equivalent: Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Publication Place
The name of the city (and state or province, and country, if needed to identify the city) where the data set was published or released.

Field Type: text
Domain: free text
FGDC Equivalent: Publication_Place
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Publisher
The name of the individual or organization that published the data set.

Field Type:
text
Domain: free text
FGDC Equivalent: Publisher
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Other Citation Details
Other information required to complete the citation.

Field Type: text
Domain: free text
FGDC Equivalent: Other_Citation_Details
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

On-line Linkage
The name of an online computer resource that contains the data set. Entries should follow the Uniform Resource Locator convention of the Internet.

Field Type: text
Domain: free text
FGDC Equivalent: Online_Linkage
This is an FGDC Optional field. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Requesting Dept./Agency
The name of the agency or department requesting the data set or map.

Example: Police Department

Field Type: text
Domain: free text

Abstract
A brief description that characterizes the methods used to collect and prepare the data set. Information concerning map projection and map units may be useful.

Field Type
: text
Domain
: free text
FGDC Equivalent: Abstract
This is an FGDC mandatory field

Purpose
The purpose indicates the rationale for creating the data set. Why was the data set created? Who requested the data?

Field Type: text
Domain
: free text
FGDC Equivalent: Purpose
This is an FGDC mandatory field

Supplemental Information
Other descriptive information about the data set.

Field Type: text
Domain
: free text
FGDC Equivalent: Supplemental_Information
This is an FGDC optional field. Generally used for used for geo-spatial cataloging. 

Begin Date
Indicates the birth or start date of the data set (i,e. the date when work on the data set began). Begin date and start date may be the same. Expressed as MM/DD/YYYY.

Example: 11/04/1999

Field Type: date
Domain
: free date
FGDC Equivalent: Beginning_Date
This is an FGDC mandatory field

End Date
The date indicating the completion of the data set. Begin date and start date may be the same.  Expressed as MM/DD/YYYY.

Example: 12/04/1999

Field Type: date
Domain
: free date
FGDC Equivalent: Ending_Date
This is an FGDC mandatory field

Currentness Reference
Describe the "currentness" of the data set with regard to the time period between the begin date and end date. If multiple dates exist, then list and explain.

Example: Publication Date

Field Type: text
Domain: free text
FGDC Equivalent: Currentness_Reference
This is an FGDC mandatory field

Data Status
This field describes the progress or status of the data set using the following terms: Complete, In-work, Planned. A list box providing the selections is available.

Field Type: text
Domain: "Complete", "In-work", "Planned"
FGDC Equivalent: Progress
This is an FGDC mandatory field

Data Update Frequency
The frequency that the data is updated. A list box is provided with available selections.

Field Type: text
Domain: "Annually", "As Needed", "Bi-Annually", "Daily", "Hourly", "Quarterly", "Weekly"
FGDC equivalent: Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency
This is a FGDC mandatory field

Geographic Area
The geographic area or place name indicating the spatial extents of the data set.

Examples: Rockville or Montgomery County

Field Type: text
Domain: free text,  "Rockville", "Montgomery County"
FGDC equivalent: Place_Keyword
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Place Keyword Thesaurus
A reference to a formally registered thesaurus or a similar authoritative source of place keywords.

Field Type: text
Domain: free text, "None", "Geographic Names Information System" 
FGDC equivalent: Place_Keyword_Thesaurus
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

West Bounding Coord.
A coordinate which indicates the west extent of the data set expressed in longitude, decimal degree units.

Field Type: text
Domain: free text
FGDC equivalent: West_Bounding_Coordinate 
This is an FGDC mandatory field

East Bounding Coord.
A coordinate which indicates the east extent of the data set expressed in longitude, decimal degree units.

Field Type: text
Domain: free text
FGDC Equivalent
: East_Bounding_Coordinate
This is an FGDC mandatory field

North Bounding Coord.
A coordinate which indicates the north extent of the data set  expressed in latitude, decimal degree units.

Field Type: text
Domain: free text
FGDC Equivalent: North_Bounding_Coordinate
This is an FGDC mandatory field

South Bounding Coord.
A coordinate which indicates the south extent of the data set  expressed in latitude, decimal degree units.

Field Type: text
Domain: free text
FGDC Equivalent: South_Bounding_Coordinate
This is an FGDC mandatory field

Map Projection
The name of the projection used to spatially reference the data set or map. Datum may also be indicated.  A list box is provided.

Example: Maryland State Plane (NAD83)

Field Type
: text
Domain: text ..."Maryland State Plane (NAD83)", "Maryland State Plane (NAD27)", "Geographic(Lat/Lon)", "Universal Transverse Mercator (Zone 18)", "Albers Equal Area", "Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area"

FGDC Category = Spatial_Reference_Information

Map Scale
This field is provided primarily for map compositions or graphics that have been output or can be output to hard copy. The scale should be expressed in inches (see example).

Example: 1:24000

Field Type
: text
Domain: free text
FGDC Category = Spatial_Reference_Information
Map Units
The name of the projection used to spatially reference the data set or map. Datum may also be indicated.  A list box is provided.

Example: Feet

Field Type
: text
Domain: "Feet", "Meters", "Inches", "Decimal Degrees"

FGDC Category = Spatial_Reference_Information

Keyword Thesaurus
A reference to a thesaurus or source of theme keywords. The default is set to None.

Field Type: text
Domain: free text
FGDC Equivalent: Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus
This is an FGDC mandatory field 

Keywords
A common word, topic, or phrase used to describe or summarize the data set. A list box containing a list of themes is provided.

Field Type: text
Domain: See List Box
FGDC Equivalent: Theme_Keyword
This is an FGDC mandatory field
Access Constraints
Restrictions and legal prerequisites for accessing the data set (Public, Non-Public, Discretionary)

Field Type: text
Domain: "Public", "Non-Public", "Discretionary"
FGDC Equivalent: Access_Constraints
This is an FGDC mandatory field

size="2">Data Use Constraints
Restrictions and legal prerequisites for using the data set after access is granted. These include any access constraints applied to assure the protection of privacy or intellectual property, and any special restrictions or limitations on obtaining the data set.

Field Type: text
Domain: text... default is set to "None"
FGDC Equivalent: Use_Constraints
This is an FGDC mandatory field

Browse Graphic File Name
The path and name of a related graphic file that provides an illustration of the data set.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Browse_Graphic_File_Name
This is an FGDC optional field

Browse Graphic File Description
A text description of the data set illustration.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Browse_Graphic_File_Description
This is an FGDC optional field

Browse Graphic File Type
A graphic file type of a related graphic file.

Field Type: text
Domain: "GIF", "JPG", "PNG", "PDF"
FGDC Equivalent: Browse_Graphic_File_Type
This is an FGDC optional field

Spatial Reference Method
The system of objects used to represent space in the data set.

Field Type: text
Domain: "Vector", "Point", "Raster"
FGDC Equivalent: Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Attribute Overview
A brief description that characterizes the database attributes or variables and field structure. An example is provided below.

Field Name.....Field Description ....Attributes or Variables
Mu_Id............ NRCS Soil Id # ......Id Numbers
AssocName... Soil Association .....Soil Associations
Hydric........... Hydric Soils............Yes or No


Field Type
: text
Domain
: free text
FGDC Equivalent: Entity_and_Attribute_Overview
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.
File Size
The size of the file in bytes. (i.e. 1024000)

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Transfer_Size
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.


Data Format
The format of the data file (i.e. ArcView (.shp), ArcInfo Coverage, Spreadsheet file, etc..). A list of choices are provided.

Field Type: text
Domain: text..."ArcView (shp)", "ArcInfo Coverage", "ArcInfo Export File (e00)", "ArcInfo Graphics File (gra)", "ArcInfo Map Composition", "Database", "Document/Text", "Hard Copy", "Image", "SDE", "Spreadsheet"
FGDC Equivalent: Format_Name
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.


File Decompression Technique
Recommendations of algorithms or processes (including means of obtaining these algorithms or processes) that can be applied to read or expand data sets to which data compression techniques have been applied.

Field Type: text
Domain: text... "No compression applied"
FGDC Equivalent: File_Decompression_Technique
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Media Type
The media used to store or archive the data set.

Field Type: text
Domain: text..."Network (LAN)", "CDROM", "FTP", "Hard Copy", IBM Floppy 1.44", "Local Hard Drive", "Zip Disk"
FGDC Equivalent: Offline_Media
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.


Software & Version
Identify the software and version.

Example: ArcView GIS 3.2 or ArcInfo 8.0

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Software
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Data Location
Identifies the location or path of the data set for Internet on-line access

Example: http://gis.montgomerycountymd.gov/ftp/data.zip 

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Network_Resource_Name
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.
Distribution Contact Organization
The organization responsible for distributing the data described by the metadata.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Contact_Organization
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Distribution Contact Person
The contact person responsible for distributing the data described by the metadata.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Contact_Person
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Distribution Contact Position
The contact person's position of responsibility within the Distribution Contact Organization

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Contact_Position
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Distribution Address Type
Indicate whether the address of the distribution contact is a mailing address, a physical address, or both. A list box is provided with the choices.

Field Type: text
Domain: text... "mailing address", "physical address", "mailing/physical address"
FGDC Equivalent: Address_Type
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Distribution Address
The premise number, the premise name, the premise suffix, the suite or room number of the distribution contact can be written in this field.

Example: 110 N. Washington Street, Suite 501

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Address
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Distribution City
The city corresponding with the distribution contact address.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: City
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Distribution State
The state corresponding with the distribution contact address.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: State_or_Province
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Distribution Postal Code
The postal code corresponding with the distribution contact address.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Postal_Code
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Distribution Phone
The phone number of the distribution contact.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Contact_Voice_Phone
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Distribution Fax
The fax number of the distribution contact.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Contact_Facsimile_Telephone
This is an FGDC optional field 
Distribution Email
The email address of the distributor contact. Default is set to Apollo Teng.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address
This is an FGDC optional field
Distribution Liability
The statement of the liability assumed by the distributor.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Distribution_Liability
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable. Generally used for geo-spatial data cataloging.

Distribution Fees
The fees and terms for retrieving the data set.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Fees
This is an FGDC mandatory field if applicable
Metadata Contact Organization
The organization responsible for metadata administration.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Contact_Organization
This is an FGDC mandatory field 
Metadata Contact
The person responsible for metadata administration.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Contact_Person
This is an FGDC mandatory field 
Address Type
Indicate whether the address of the metadata contact person is a mailing address, a physical address, or both. A list box is provided with the choices.

Field Type: text
Domain: text... "mailing address", "physical address", "mailing/physical address"
FGDC Equivalent: Address_Type
This is a FGDC mandatory field

Address
The premise number, the premise name, the premise suffix, the suite or room number of the metadata contact can be written in this field.

Example: 110 N. Washington Street, Suite 501

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Address
This is a FGDC mandatory field if applicable 
City
>The city corresponing with the metadata contact address.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: City
This is a FGDC mandatory field

State
face="Verdana, Arial"> size="2">The state corresponing with the metadata contact address.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
>FGDC Equivalent: State_or_Province face="Verdana, Arial"> size="2">
>This is an FGDC mandatory field  >
Postal Code
The postal code corresponding with the metadata contact address.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Postal_Code
This is an FGDC mandatory field

Phone
The phone number of the metadata contact.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Contact_Voice_Phone
This is an FGDC mandatory field

Email
The email address of the metadata contact. Default is set to Chris Daniel.

Field Type: text
Domain: text
FGDC Equivalent: Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address
This is an optional FGDC Field

References:
1. United States Bureau of Land Management.1995. Geospatial Support Staff: Metadata Tutorial. http://www.blm.gov/gis/meta/barney/identify6.html.

2. United states Geological Survey Biological Resources. 2001. An Image Map of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata Version 2 - 1998 (FGDC-STD-001 June 1998). http://biology.usgs.gov/fgdc.metadata/version2/.

Copyright Montgomery County Government, 2003.

Last edited: 4/8/2005