Formal metadata: information and software
Formal metadata information and software
input extensions /var/lib/metadata/tools/ext/geo-age.ext extensions /var/lib/metadata/tools/ext/parts.ext
standard.cfg, but you can name yours whatever seems appropriate. Note that your extensions probably won't be stored in the directory
/var/lib/metadata; if you're running Windows, you probably will use
C:/USGS/instead, so the same config file on your system would look more like this:
input extensions C:/USGS/tools/ext/geo-age.ext extensions C:/USGS/tools/ext/parts.ext
When I run Tkme, I do it with the
$ tkme -c standard.cfg
The same config file and extension files work under Windows:
C:> tkme -c standard.cfg
But I normally run Tkme from a shortcut. In that case, I
-c standard.cfg into the Target field of
the shortcut's property sheet.
The same method is used for mp:
$ mp -c standard.cfg input_file.met ... C:> mp -c standard.cfg input_file.met ...
Note that you always need to use these extension files once you put the extended elements into the metadata, so it's important to choose and document your extensions carefully.
For example extension files, see the files *.ext that are within the tools/ext directory of mp's unpacked files. In general, you need to specify the long and short name of each element, its parent, and its children (if any). The only constraints are that you can't name an extension the same name as a standard element, and the extension's parent must be compound (meaning it can't be an element that holds a value, like Supplemental_Information; instead it has to be something like Description, which contains other elements).
You can read about how I use extensions at the URL <http://geo-nsdi.er.usgs.gov/how.html>
At this writing three profiles of the FGDC standard are officially approved and are supported directly by mp:
profiledirective of the
inputsection in your config file:
input profile bio
You don't need to (and shouldn't) specify the biological profile elements as extensions when you do this.
For the shoreline profile, use
profile sh; for the
remote-sensing profile, use
A side benefit of the config file is that you can use it to simplify mp's command line. In its output section, you can specify the names of the html files and other outputs:
input extensions /var/lib/metadata/tools/ext/geo-age.ext extensions /var/lib/metadata/tools/ext/parts.ext output errors %s.err text file %s.txt html faq %s.faq.html file %s.html err %s.err.html xml file %s.xml dif file %s.xml
This config file causes mp to write errors, text, 2 forms of HTML, xml, and a DIF. The %s is replaced with the file name, including directories. So I can run it like this:
$ mp -c standard.cfg project1/data/file1.metand it will produce
project1/data/file1.err project1/data/file1.txt project1/data/file1.faq.html project1/data/file1.html project1/data/file1.xml project1/data/file1.difThis saves me from having to type, all on one line, the following:
$ mp project1/data/file1.met -e project1/data/file1.err -t project1/data/file1.txt -f project1/data/file1.faq.html -h project1/data/file1.html -x project1/data/file1.xml -d project1/data/file1.difI can use this config file to simplify the use of err2html as well:
$ err2html -c standard.cfg project1/data/file1.err
From this I get
easier-to-read rendition of the error report from mp. Try it!