[OSGeo-Discuss] Desktop metadata management for FOSS4G

2009-06-08 Thread Sampson, David
Ahh.. Metadata

I am learning about Qgis plugins lately and thought I would extend out
to the OSGEO community at large. As I am going through creating some
plugins and learning about OWS services and trying my hand at a
catalogue plugin for QGIS I got to thinking, what does the open source
world do for managing their metadata on their desktop?

I know and quite like projects like geo-network and our own flavour at
http://geodiscover.cgdi.ca/  but I am curious as to what people use for
their desktop.

Back when FGDC was the spec of choice I used MP (metadata Parser) quite
extensively http://geology.usgs.gov/tools/metadata/tools/doc/mp.html but
with the new world of ISO and the upcoming NAP (North American Profile)
I wonder what people are doing now.

Would a lean desktop editor help people in their workflow. Essentialy
maintaining their metadata on the desktop then exporting (through valid
XML) to publishing facilities such as geonetwork..

The idea is to couple data and metadata while people are working with
the data.

Are people working on this? Do open source solutions already exist?

Would a plugin for QGIS be useful? Or a desktop app that can hit many
softwares like GRASS, QGIS and others?

Thoughts?

Cheers
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Desktop metadata management for FOSS4G

2009-06-08 Thread John Callahan
Yes.  For us, this would help our work flow.  A plugin for Quantum would 
work great.  (I also just read Alex's email about qgismetaedit.  Cool!)



It would be great for a desktop GIS to update some basic metadata 
elements, like updated date, coordinate system, bounding box in 
projected and geo coordinates, and maybe a couple of others.  
Personally, I don't care about things like listing all columns/data 
types of a vector attribute table, or listing processing steps, or 
embedding an thumbnail image.  Sometimes they're nice but often just bloat.



Currently, we use GeoNetwork to manually edit metadata in our public 
repository and then save it locally as an XML file to include some with 
direct downloads.  If we could reverse the process (create locally on 
desktop and save as XML, TXT, etc.., then push up to GeoNetwork), and at 
the same time have some basic fields updated automatically, that would help.


- John

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John Callahan
Geospatial Application Developer
Delaware Geological Survey, University of Delaware
227 Academy St, Newark DE 19716-7501
Tel: (302) 831-3584  
Email: john.calla...@udel.edu

http://www.dgs.udel.edu
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Sampson, David wrote:


Ahh.. Metadata

I am learning about Qgis plugins lately and thought I would extend out 
to the OSGEO community at large. As I am going through creating some 
plugins and learning about OWS services and trying my hand at a 
catalogue plugin for QGIS I got to thinking, what does the open source 
world do for managing their metadata on their desktop?


I know and quite like projects like geo-network and our own flavour at 
_http://geodiscover.cgdi.ca/_  but I am curious as to what people use 
for their desktop.


Back when FGDC was the spec of choice I used MP (metadata Parser) 
quite extensively 
_http://geology.usgs.gov/tools/metadata/tools/doc/mp.html_ but with 
the new world of ISO and the upcoming NAP (North American Profile) I 
wonder what people are doing now.


Would a lean desktop editor help people in their workflow. Essentialy 
maintaining their metadata on the desktop then exporting (through 
valid XML) to publishing facilities such as geonetwork..


The idea is to couple data and metadata while people are working with 
the data.


Are people working on this? Do open source solutions already exist?

Would a plugin for QGIS be useful? Or a desktop app that can hit many 
softwares like GRASS, QGIS and others?


Thoughts?

Cheers



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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Desktop metadata management for FOSS4G

2009-06-08 Thread Alex Mandel
The plugin aims to allow for ISO, FGDC and Dublin Core editing and
saving to xml per the standard that CatMdEdit, ArcGIS, Geonetwork etc
all use XML. Someone did file a ticket to add Geonetwork export, I'd
welcome anyone from the Geonetwork side helping out with that.

Auto, or Triggered updating fields is definitely within the realm of
functionality and it may be possible at some point to run the plugin
independent of QGIS.

All contributions,coders, tickets, etc are welcome.
Alex

John Callahan wrote:
 Yes.  For us, this would help our work flow.  A plugin for Quantum would
 work great.  (I also just read Alex's email about qgismetaedit.  Cool!)
 
 
 It would be great for a desktop GIS to update some basic metadata
 elements, like updated date, coordinate system, bounding box in
 projected and geo coordinates, and maybe a couple of others. 
 Personally, I don't care about things like listing all columns/data
 types of a vector attribute table, or listing processing steps, or
 embedding an thumbnail image.  Sometimes they're nice but often just bloat.
 
 
 Currently, we use GeoNetwork to manually edit metadata in our public
 repository and then save it locally as an XML file to include some with
 direct downloads.  If we could reverse the process (create locally on
 desktop and save as XML, TXT, etc.., then push up to GeoNetwork), and at
 the same time have some basic fields updated automatically, that would
 help.
 
 - John
 
 **
 John Callahan
 Geospatial Application Developer
 Delaware Geological Survey, University of Delaware
 227 Academy St, Newark DE 19716-7501
 Tel: (302) 831-3584  Email: john.calla...@udel.edu
 http://www.dgs.udel.edu
 **
 
 
 
 Sampson, David wrote:

 Ahh.. Metadata

 I am learning about Qgis plugins lately and thought I would extend out
 to the OSGEO community at large. As I am going through creating some
 plugins and learning about OWS services and trying my hand at a
 catalogue plugin for QGIS I got to thinking, what does the open source
 world do for managing their metadata on their desktop?

 I know and quite like projects like geo-network and our own flavour at
 _http://geodiscover.cgdi.ca/_  but I am curious as to what people use
 for their desktop.

 Back when FGDC was the spec of choice I used MP (metadata Parser)
 quite extensively
 _http://geology.usgs.gov/tools/metadata/tools/doc/mp.html_ but with
 the new world of ISO and the upcoming NAP (North American Profile) I
 wonder what people are doing now.

 Would a lean desktop editor help people in their workflow. Essentialy
 maintaining their metadata on the desktop then exporting (through
 valid XML) to publishing facilities such as geonetwork..

 The idea is to couple data and metadata while people are working with
 the data.

 Are people working on this? Do open source solutions already exist?

 Would a plugin for QGIS be useful? Or a desktop app that can hit many
 softwares like GRASS, QGIS and others?

 Thoughts?

 Cheers



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