- What is the title of the data set?
Title: Put the title here
For a published data set, this should be the title of the publication.
Not all data are formally published, however, and publication titles
sometimes omit pertinent information. Since the title is what people
will see first in a search of the Clearinghouse, you'll want to make
sure it is both informative and concise. If you're creating a title,
try to include the theme, geographic extent, and time period of the
data, if applicable. If you have a formal title, consider appending
additional information to it, set off by a colon.
Some people recommend keeping the title shorter than 80 characters,
but there is no set limit. Additional general information should be
included in a succinct
Abstract as well:
Abstract: More detailed information
If the data are published in an official sense, include the series name
and the issue number, along with name and location of the publisher as follows:
Series_Name: Name of series or journal
Issue_Identification: Volume and issue number
Publication_Place: Location name
Publisher: Company or organization name
- What geographic area does the data set cover?
West_Bounding_Coordinate: Westernmost longitude
East_Bounding_Coordinate: Easternmost longitude
North_Bounding_Coordinate: Northernmost latitude
South_Bounding_Coordinate: Southernmost latitude
Write these values in decimal degrees even if the data set uses projected coordinates.
- Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
See How to describe time periods
Currentness_Reference: What the time period means
- Is this a digital map or remote-sensing image, or something different like tabular data?
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Pick from the list
The list of standard values is:
Use one of these if you can, otherwise make up something more informative.
- How does the data set represent geographic features?
- How does the data set describe geographic features?