Harvard Forest Metadata System

The Harvard Forest LTER Metadata Management System Summary

The Harvard Forest LTER (HFR) site uses a filesystem to structure and manage their data and metadata. Multi column flat text data files are offered at HFR's website to the visitor. EML files are also offered in their raw XML format for the peruse of the visitors or harvesting routines.

LTER sites with similar management systems

  • some similarities : PIE, ARC, CWT, FCE

The Harvard Forest Detailed

The HFR site data management uses a structured filesystem to store data and metadata and to offer via web all details. The HFR projects titles (or their synthesized abbreviations) are the top of the hierarchy of the filesystem used to catalog data and metadata. Reviewed ASCII data files (flat text) are offered for download in HFR's website. Thus, HFR primarily uses a file system to store their data and metadata. EML documents are also offered in HFR's website, these documents enable discovery of data and metadata. GIS data are classified in similar way, however, due to the more complex nature of the data structures, files are often offered in zipped archives, and may be broken in multiple files and corresponding metadata pieces. Some data files are served by HFR's partners, that is, in external servers with their particular interface.

EML Status:

  • Completion: All metadata is available in EML.
  • Richness : All the harvested EML provides discovery level richness.
  • QA/QC : Files are revised and quality controlled manually ??