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Thurston Geodata Center Metadata ServerWe will soon have a live metadata server, which will allow you to learn about our existing datasets
The metadata server has a built in help link. We also have a flash tutorial (requires flash plugin) showing how to use the metadata server.
Have fun exploring!
General Metadata InformationMetadata are "data about the data" and identify the origin, content, quality, and other pertinent characteristics about the electronic data. Metadata for electronic data are similar to the legend on a paper map. Without metadata, some of the value of the electronic spatial data is lost. Several sites have a wealth of information to help one understand, generate, and review metadata. A few of these sites are linked here
NOAA ArcView(R) Metadata Collector v.2.0
NSGIS Metadata Primer
Metadata Clearinghouse NodesWashington State Geospatial Clearinghouse Node
National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse