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Morpho a program that can be used to enter metadata, which are then stored in a file that conforms to the Ecological Metadata Language (EML) specification. Information about people, sites, research methods, and data attributes are among the metadata collected. Data can be stored with the metadata in the same file.
Morpho allows the user to create a local catalog of data and metadata that can be queried, edited and viewed. Morpho also interfaces with the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB) Metacat server, which allows scientists to upload, download, store, query and view public metadata and data.

Technical Expertise Required: 
No programming
Additional Information: 
  • Higgins, D., Berkley, C., Jones, M., 2002. Managing heterogeneous ecological data using Morpho. Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management, pp. 69–76.
  • Jones, C., C. Blanchette, M. Brooke, J. Harris, M. Jones, and M. Schildhauer. 2007. A metadata-driven framework for generating field data entry interfaces in ecology. Ecological Informatics 2:270–278.
  • http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B7W63-4PGPM4V-1/2/8915b2479...
  • Eric H. Fegraus, Sandy Andelman, Matthew B. Jones, Mark Schildhauer (2005) Maximizing the Value of Ecological Data with Structured Metadata: An Introduction to Ecological Metadata Language (EML) and Principles for Metadata Creation. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America: Vol. 86, No. 3, pp. 158-168. doi: 10.1890/0012-9623(2005)86[158:MTVOED]2.0.CO;2