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    Welcome to the NCDC Metadata Resources Page

    Please hover your mouse over the links to the upper left, or simply scroll down the page to select and view more content from this area of the NCDC website. This is the first in a series of steps we're taking to improve our site. Should you have something specific to look for, submit a search in the golden search bar above.

    Top of Page About Metadata

    The general definition for metadata is "data about data". Here at NCDC there are abundant resources for metadata. This site tries to provide a central location for access to all metadata resources. Below you will find links to various databases, portals, and resources. Most are available within NCDC, but we have provided some that are available outside of the NCDC.

    Top of Page Station Histories

    • MMS (Multi-network Metadata System)

      MMS provides metadata on station histories, data inventories, data catalogs, and directories. Users can search for stations according to a variety of criteria, display summary information for stations matching the criteria and drill down to high levels of detail for each individual station.

    • Observers Privacy Policy

      Access procedures and Cooperative Observers privacy policy.

    • Inventories/Station Lists

      Provides quick access to other NCDC inventories and information.

    Top of Page Datasets and Products

    • Dataset Documentation and Metadata

      Metadata and documentation are available for most of the datasets (digital and non-digital) archived at the National Climatic Data Center.

    Top of Page Standards and Tools

    • Federal Geographic Data Committee

      The Geospatial Data Clearinghouse is a collection of over 250 spatial data servers, that have digital geographic data primarily for use in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), image processing systems, and other modelling software. These data collections can be searched through a single interface based on their descriptions, or "metadata."

      The following files consists of NCDC guidelines for writing FGDC compliant metadata.

    Top of Page Portals

    • Global Change Master Directory Portals

      NASA's GCMD goal is to enable users to locate and obtain access to Earth science data sets and services relevant to the global change and Earth science research. The GCMD database holds more than 15,000 descriptions of Earth science data sets and services covering all aspects of Earth and environmental sciences. Users will find NCDC's metadata portal among many others here.

    • NCDC's GIS Portal

      NCDC's GIS Portal allows users to view, access, and utilize in situ station data through NCDC's Geographic Information System (GIS) portal. Interactive maps, associated metadata, and advanced Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) services, such as Web Map Services (WMS) and Web Feature Services (WFS) are available.

    • Geospatial One Stop is a geographic information system (GIS) portal, also known as the Geospatial One-Stop (GOS), that serves as a public gateway for improving access to geospatial information and data under the Geospatial One-Stop E-Government initiative. Geospatial One-Stop is one of 24 E-Government initiatives sponsored by the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to enhance government efficiency and to improve citizen services.

      The portal is a catalog of geospatial information containing thousands of metadata records (information about the data) and links to live maps, features, and catalog services, downloadable data sets, images, clearinghouses, map files, and more. The metadata records were submitted to the portal by government agencies, individuals, and companies, or by harvesting the data from geospatial clearinghouses.

    • Coastal Services Center

      The NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) is an office within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration devoted to serving the nation's state and local coastal resource management programs. Data developed at the (CSC) is available from this site with links to other data providers.

    • Climate and Forecast Metadata

      The CF conventions for climate and forecast metadata are designed to promote the processing and sharing of files created with the netCDF API. The conventions define metadata that provide a definitive description of what the data in each variable represents, and of the spatial and temporal properties of the data. This enables users of data from different sources to decide which quantities are comparable, and facilitates building applications with powerful extraction, regridding, and display capabilities.

    Top of Page Observing Systems

    • Health of the Network

      Part of an institutional infrastructure that was developed to assess the quality of datasets and correct problems as they occur.