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Option 1: Hands on with ANZLIC

Option 2: Hands on with XML

Option 1: Hands on with ANZLIC

Software installation required.

Various tools exist to support the creation of standards-based metadata.  For this activity, we will download  the freely available ANZMet Lite metadata entry tool and create an ANZLIC compliant metadata record.

The ANZLIC Metadata Profile is most commonly used to describe geographic (or spatial) resources. It was first published in 2007 and is based on an the International Standard: ISO 19115:2005.

1.Start by installing the ANZMet Lite metadata collection tool. [ZIP 3.1 Mb] (MS only: version 1.04, June 2013). Information about the tool, including user guides are also available on this page

  • To install the software click on the link and choose to open or save the file. (we chose open with)
  • Click on setup.exe and ‘run’
  • A wizard will guide you through the installation process.

2. Now navigate to your installation of ANZMet Lite and follow the prompts to create a compliant ANZLIC record. Start by giving your file a name and browse to the location you wish to save your file to.

3. Create a  “New Unlinked Metadata” record - you can either make up the metadata or reuse metadata from a record in Research Data Australia. Stick with the default ‘No’ when asked whether the resource is part of a package and ‘dataset’ as the hierarchy  level.

4. See if you can complete and save a valid ANZLIC record.  The mandatory elements are highlighted and ‘tips’ are available on screen.  Look for the orange icon.

Reflect on your experience using the ANZMet Lite Tool.  Are you aware of other free or open source tools for creating for metadata?

Do you have a question?  Want to share a resource?


Option 2: Hands on with XML

No software installation required.

XML is the language most commonly used for machine to machine transfer of metadata. An understanding of XML is valuable for anyone working ‘under the hood’ with metadata: for example, harvesting or crosswalking metadata.

For this activity we will use Dublin Core. It is a well used metadata standard across domains and resource types and it forms the basis of many other metadata standards. Let's get started!

1. Start by creating a ‘simple’ metadata record in Dublin Core using the free Dublin Core Generator online tool. Provide some content for at least the first 5 of the 15 Dublin Core elements - you can either make up the metadata  or  reuse metadata from a record in Research Data Australia.  Once you’ve created the metadata record:

  • check all the output options
  • display the output as XML and
  • save it (the default is .txt file).

2. Upload your saved file into this online XML editor noting the tree display on the right hand side. Spend a few moments checking out the features of this tool before manually editing your XML to change the author name,  add  a subject term and add a few other metadata elements.

3. Now download the edited file and save it. Does the edited XML appear as you expected?

Reflect on XML as a metadata tool.

Do you have a question?  Want to share a resource?

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