MEDIN workshops

MEDIN holds free workshops periodically throughout the year, to improve the uptake, knowledge and use of MEDIN Data Guidelines and the MEDIN Discovery Metadata Standard (and associated tools). Details and presentations from past workshops can be viewed in the archive

Workshops will be modular, concentrating on specific Data Guidelines in the morning and the Discovery Metadata Standard in the afternoon. This means prospective attendees can choose to attend the full day, or either the morning or afternoon, depending on individual requirements (see schedule for further details).

 


dates

MEDIN are pleased to announce the following workshops will be held over the coming year. Places are limited on these workshops so please contact Sean Gaffney or click the links below to register your interest.

Please note that workshops can only run if there are a minimum of five attendees.

National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool
24 September 2015

Guideline module focus will be physical oceanography and bathymetry

Places available
Register
 

The Crown Estate, London
8 December 2015

Guideline module focus will be biology and biodiversity

Places available
Register

BGS, Keyworth
9 March 2016

Guideline module focus will be geology

Places available
Register

 

If your organisation has a requirement for a large number of your staff to become familiar with MEDIN Data Guidelines and/or the Discovery Metadata Standard, please get in touch as MEDIN may be able to run tailored workshops, depending on circumstances.

 


MEDIN workshop

The workshop consists of a series of talks, demonstrations and a large practical element to help users become familiar with:

  • MEDIN Data Guidelines

These are guidance from MEDIN on what information should be stored alongside your data to ensure others can use your data with confidence. All data being supplied to a MEDIN Data Archive Centre (DAC) should follow the relevant MEDIN Data Guidelines. Data suppliers are increasingly being asked to use these guidelines as a structure to follow when transferring data to another organisation. Please be aware that Data Guidelines are not instructions from MEDIN on how to collect data.

  • The MEDIN Discovery Metadata Standard

Discovery metadata is information about your dataset that allows someone else to quickly understand where and when your dataset was collected and what type of data is available. MEDIN provides tools to record this type of metadata and make it computer readable so that your metadata can be "discovered" using internet search portals. The MEDIN Discovery Metadata Standard adheres to UK (GEMINI) and European Union (INSPIRE) metadata requirements.

  • Controlled vocabularies

These are lists of defined terms that can be used to describe datasets in a consistent way. MEDIN uses them in the Discovery Metadata Standard and in their Data Guidelines.

  • Tools to create and validate MEDIN discovery metadata

The workshop gives hands on experience of using several different tools to create MEDIN compliant discovery metadata. These include an online metadata editor, Metadata Maestro and a transformation tool for GIS users.

 

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workshop schedule
 

09:00 - 09:10
Welcome and outline of the day

 
Talk and group introductions

09:10 - 09:40
An introduction to MEDIN

 
Talk

09:40 - 10:10
An overview of controlled vocabularies

 
Talk and practical

10:10 - 10:25
Data guidelines introduction

 
Talk

10:25 - 12:40
Interactive session on data guidelines

 
Practical

Lunch

13:25 - 14:00
Introduction to the MEDIN discovery metadata standard

Talk

14:00 - 16:30
Interactive session on the discovery metadata standard

Practical

16:30 - 17:00
MEDIN stylesheet for ARC

 
Talk

17:00 - 17:15
Wrap up

 
Group discussion and feedback

17:15
Finish

 

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Details and presentations from past workshops can be viewed in the archive