Metadata describes your data -- the who, what, where, when, why, and how, along with any other information that other people need to understand and use the data. Examples include:
The metadata from all NPRB funded projects are made available to the public generally within six months after the project is completed. Data files are also archived with NPRB when projects are complete, but do not become public for two years (researchers may make special requests for a longer archive period).
To access the metadata and data files from completed NPRB projects, click on the “Projects” button above and navigate to the project of interest. If the metadata and data files are available for the project, a link to these files will appear on the left hand side of your screen.
Or, if you’d like to peruse metadata for all completed NPRB projects, visit the USGS Core Science Metadata Clearinghouse, where all NPRB metadata files are stored.
Principal investigators who have completed NPRB-funded research are required to provide datasets and metadata records for all data collected under NPRB grants. The final 10% of funds for your completed project will not be released until these files have been received and approved by NPRB.
Our NPRB Data Systems Manager Igor Katrayev (907-644-6711; firstname.lastname@example.org) is available to assist you throughout the transfer. He is also available throughout your project to answer your metadata or data storage/format-related questions.
Requirements for metadata and data transfer vary with the type of research project conducted:
Transfer of data files in an open format (i.e., not locked!) is required. Acceptable and widely-used formats include:
Generally acceptable metadata files should be in XML that follows Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) schema. NPRB has adopted the Biological Profile of the FGDC standard as the core of its Data Strategy. More information could be found here: Geospatial Metadata Standards
Contact our Data Systems Manager if you have any questions about data file format and how to best transfer files to NPRB.