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mp (Metadata Parser)

mp (metadata parser) is a compiler to parse formal metadata, checking the syntax against the FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata and generating output suitable for viewing with a web browser or text editor. mp generates a textual report indicating errors in the metadata, primarily in the structure but also in the values of some of the scalar elements (that is, those whose values are restricted by the standard). mp can read indented text (compliant to a strict format -FGDC style- encoded as plain text) or XML. As a standalone tool, it can be operated at the DOS Shell prompt.

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Related Tools: Xtme, ArcCatalog, Metavist, NPS Metadata Editor, Metadoor

Tags: FGDC,metadata editor Contributor: Cost: Free
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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.

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  • 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

Tags: EML,metadata editor Contributor: Cost: Free
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MODIS Land Product Subsets

The MODIS Land Product Subsets tools provide summaries of selected MODIS Land Products for the community to use for validation of models and remove-sensing products and to characterize field sites. Users have several options to select the area of interest. The tools deliver spatial subsets of MODIS Land Data Products for small areas (<200 x 200 km) from 2000 to present. Output files contain pixel values of MODIS land products in text format and in GeoTIFF format. In addition, data visualizations (time series plots and grids showing single composite periods) are available.

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S. K. Santhana Vannan, R. B. Cook, S. K. Holladay, L. M. Olsen, U. Dadi, and B. E. Wilson. A web-based subsetting service for regional scale MODIS land products. Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, IEEE Journal of, 2(4):319–328, December 2009.

Cook, R.B., S.K. SanthanaVannan, T.W. Beaty, and John Vande Castle. 2009. New tools for MODIS data. In LTER Vol 22. No 1. Spring 2009 Newsletter Available online at http://www.lternet.edu/news/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=articl...

Cook, R.B., S.K. SanthanaVannan, and T.W. Beaty. 2009. MODIS Data Complements Flux Tower Information. In FluxLetter Vol. 2, No. 3. available on-line: http://bwc.lbl.gov/FluxLetter/

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Minitab 16

Minitab 16 is commercial software for data analysis, graphing, and statistics. It is interactive and menu-driven, and users are guided through the data analysis process according to "assistant" dialog boxes. The software can be used to run basic statistics including parametric regression and analysis of variance, survival analysis, and a limited number of multivariate analysis. Users can also graph data and statistical models, analyze experimental design and do power analysis, and store and manipulate data.

Minitab 16 is marketed to commercial businesses although they also offer unspecified discounts for "qualified academic users."

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Tags: data entry,spreadsheet,statistics,visualization Contributor: EL, RL Cost: Cost-basis
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Microsoft Visio

A diagramming program with support for a wide variety of modeling languages, such as Unified Modeling Language (UML), Deployment Diagrams, Network Diagrams and many others. It is also extensible to accommodate custom diagrams. Common uses might include Entity Relationship Diagrams for databases, Class Models for object oriented languages and the creation of workflows for documenting business processes.

Diagrams and models can be output in in a variety of formats and are generally of high quality. There is support for integrating into Microsoft products and programming languages, such as Entity Relationship Models can directly create Microsoft SQLServer databases, and Class Diagrams can create classes in C#. Support for other languages such as Java or C++ can be extended but don't enjoy the same level of support.

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While no programming skills are required to use this product for diagraming, some programming skill would be required to fully utilize many advanced features of this product.


Tags: database,programming,workflow Contributor: RO, TB Cost: Cost-basis
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Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services

Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) is part of Microsoft SQL Server, which is a relational database management system (RDBMS). SSAS contains online analytical processing (OLAP) and data mining functionality for business intelligence applications. Many of the business intelligence and data mining functions within SSAS are applicable to environmental datasets. Mining historical data using SSAS can provide new insights and form a basis for forecasting, and may be particularly interesting for analysis of environmental time series data.

SSAS supports OLAP by assisting you in designing, creating, and managing multidimensional structures that contain data aggregated from other sources, such as relational databases. OLAP data cubes constructed using SSAS can be accessed using Microsoft Excel, which can be a powerful way to present data to potential users. In data mining applications, SSAS can assist you in designing, creating, and visualizing data mining models that are constructed from data sources using a wide variety of industry-standard data mining algorithms.

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Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is commercial presentation software that is part of the Microsoft Office suite. PowerPoint presentations consist of a number of individual pages or "slides". Slides may contain text, graphics, sound, animation, movies, and other objects. The presentation can be printed (with or without speaker notes), displayed or projected live by computer, or exported as an animated movie. Slides can also form the basis of webcasts.
In order to view PowerPoint files, the user either must have PowerPoint installed or have the free PowerPoint Viewer installed.

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Tags: communication,image,presentation,visualization Contributor: FF, HH Cost: Cost-basis
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Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is a software package, included in the Microsoft Office Suite, that enables the creation of spreadsheets or forms, provides simple data comparison and analysis tools, and creates graphs. Data are captured in workbooks, which can be composed of a single or several sheets. Simple sort and filtering tools allow data to be queried. QA/QC can be performed using built-in tools that can find values and replace them with other values, remove duplicates, find missing values, characterize column data types, etc. Built-in or user-defined formulas can be used for calculations or transformations. Excel can also utilize Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) or .NET framework programming. Excel can also be used to create tables and visualizations. Other objects, such as photos and other images, text boxes, and clip art can be inserted into a spreadsheet.

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Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access is a desktop database package that includes a relational database engine, database query tools, a report building module, and a forms builder. For intermediate and advanced users it also includes the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications platform and an IDE (Integrated Development Environment). Microsoft Access can serve as standalone database tool, or it can be connected to other database server platforms and be used as a database server client.
Some programming/database skills may be required in order to perform complex queries.

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Tags: access Contributor: KC, ST Cost: Cost-basis
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Metavist is a metadata editor for the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) spatial metadata standard and for the Biological Data Profile.

Metavist helps you develop a metadata document that is compliant with the Biological Data Profile (BDP) metadata standard, which works for nearly any type of data. You can also write a metadata document for purely geospatial data that is compliant with the FGDC metadata standard. The documents it creates are in XML format and can be exported as HTML. The metadata documents can be read by ESRI ArcCatalog and by the FGDC and NBII clearinghouses.

Metavist was developed by Dave Rugg in 2004.
The current version of Metavist is Metavist 1.6 and requires .Net Framework 2.0.

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Rugge, D. J. (2005) Creating FGDC and NBII metadata using metavist 2005.
Technical Report http://ncrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/gtr/gtr_nc255.pdf

Tags: FGDC,metadata editor Contributor: Cost: Free
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