We don't need an essay, but write this from the viewpoint, "What if someone were to try and use my data in 100 years when I'm not around to answer questions - would they be able to?".

This metadata record and your dataset should be able to stand-alone - acronyms and abbreviations should be explained. If you are submitting a spreadsheet, each worksheet should be explained, details on how you collected the data, and how you analysed it should be included, and so on.

If there are any web links you would like to include, list them here.

A brief description of the data set

The purpose of the data set.

Did you encounter any problems with this dataset? For example, were there any problems with data collection or analysis?


Please provide any information you would like included regarding citation, or use of this dataset by other researchers. We have already included some standard information.


Please provide details regarding the public availability of the dataset. If the dataset is not publicly available, please provide an indication for how long this will be the case.


This describes the production status of the dataset regarding its completeness. There are three choices:

  • Planned refers to datasets to be collected in the future and are thus unavailable at the present time. For Example: The Hydro spacecraft has not been launched, but information on planned datasets may be available.
  • In Work refers to datasets currently undergoing production or data that is continuously being collected or updated. For Example: data from the AIRS instrument on Aqua is being collected continuously.
  • Complete refers to datasets in which no updates or further data collection will be made. For Example: Nimbus-7 SMMR data collection has been completed.

Publications / References

Add the details of publications relating to your dataset here. Copy and paste entire references into the "Full reference" field.


Please enter details of personnel associated with this dataset.

Spatial coverages

The following fields specifies location keywords which describe where your data were collected.


Temporal coverages

The following fields specifies the start and stop dates during which the data were collected (yyyy-mm-dd).

Palaeo temporal coverage

For paleoclimate or geologic data, Palaeo Temporal Coverage is the length of time represented by the data collected. Palaeo Temporal Coverage should be used when the data spans time frames earlier than yyyy-mm-dd = 0001-01-01.

Data resolution

This section specifies the resolution of the data, which is the difference between two adjacent geographic, vertical, or temporal values. Controlled keywords representing horizontal, vertical and temporal data resolution ranges can be selected.


Additional keywords allows you to provide any words or phrases needed to further describe the dataset.

Data Centre

Originating Center

Citation Information

Distribution Information



Metadata Management


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