This course introduces the concept, development, applications and evaluation of metadata. Through a combination of practical exercises, participants will critically examine metadata issues, standards, and best practices, and will evaluate the role of metadata in Ocean data management.

•To introduce Marine Data Managers to the concept of metadata
•To introduce metadata standards used to describe marine data
•To highlight the importance of metadata for your organization
•To provide practical experience in writing good metadata.

Learning Outcomes
•Understand the principles, concepts and types of metadata;
•Explore various metadata standards;
•Understand different issues in the applications of metadata standards
•Gain experience in applying selected metadata standards to the creation of metadata records;
•Practical experience in use of an open source catalogue application to manage metadata;
•Implement metadata decisions in ocean data projects