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Frondorf, Anne; Jones, Matthew B.; Stitt, Susan. 1999. Linking the FGDC Geospatial Metadata Content Standard to the biological/ecological Sciences. Proceedings of the Third IEEE Computer Society Metadata Conference. IEEE. Bethesda, MD. (Abstract) (Online version)


As part of the development of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII), the U.S. Geological Survey and its NBII partners and collaborators have cooperated in the development of a proposed metadata content standard for biological and ecological sciences data. Working through the U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), the proposed NBII biological metadata standard has been designed to build on the existing FGDC "Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM)," and to extend the use and applicability of this standard for documentation of biological/ecological data and information products, including those data sets and information products which may not be explicitly geospatially referenced. The objectives of the effort are to provide a useful metadata format for the biological/ecological sciences community while also allowing for compliance and linkages with the FGDC geospatial metadata standard and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. The issues involved in developing this proposed standard are reviewed. Finally, the problems involved in trying to develop and implement metadata standards that are broadly applicable and useful across a variety of communities are described.