MEDI: The IOC Metadata System Software User Manual

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
User Manual
MEDI: The IOC Metadata System
Software User Manual
November 2002
UNESCO
IOC User Manual
Paris, 5 November 2002
English only
For bibliographic purposes
This document should be cited as follows:
MEDI: The IOC Metadata System. Software User Manual
IOC User Manual, UNESCO 2002
(English)
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
MEDI – BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES......................................................................... 1
1.0
2.0
METADATA.................................................................................................................................. 2
2.1
METADATA - OVERVIEW ............................................................................................................ 2
2.2
DATA DIRECTORY - OVERVIEW .................................................................................................. 2
3.0
MEDI FIELDS - OVERVIEW..................................................................................................... 3
4.0
SEARCH MEDI ............................................................................................................................ 4
5.0
CREATE NEW RECORDS ......................................................................................................... 8
5.1
PAGE 1 - SUMMARY .................................................................................................................... 9
5.1.1 Title......................................................................................................................................... 9
5.1.2 Summary ................................................................................................................................. 9
5.1.3 Parameters ........................................................................................................................... 10
5.1.4 Holding Organisation and Personnel................................................................................... 12
5.2
PAGE 2 - DISTRIBUTION ............................................................................................................ 13
5.2.1 Distribution........................................................................................................................... 13
5.2.2 Related URL ......................................................................................................................... 14
5.2.3 Sample Image ....................................................................................................................... 15
5.2.4 Access Constraints................................................................................................................ 16
5.2.5 Use Constraints .................................................................................................................... 16
5.3
PAGE 3 – SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL COVERAGE ....................................................................... 16
5.3.1 Rectangular Boundaries ....................................................................................................... 16
5.3.2 Depth / Altitude..................................................................................................................... 17
5.3.3 Location................................................................................................................................ 17
5.3.4 Additional Notes ................................................................................................................... 18
5.3.5 Temporal Coverage .............................................................................................................. 19
5.4
PAGE 4 – REFERENCE AND CITATION DETAILS ........................................................................ 20
5.4.1 Dataset Citation.................................................................................................................... 20
5.4.2 Reference .............................................................................................................................. 21
5.4.3 Dataset Language................................................................................................................. 22
5.4.4 General Keywords ................................................................................................................ 22
5.5
PAGE 5 – ATTRIBUTES .............................................................................................................. 22
5.5.1 Source ................................................................................................................................... 22
5.5.2 Sensor ................................................................................................................................... 23
5.5.3 Project .................................................................................................................................. 24
5.5.4 Quality .................................................................................................................................. 25
5.5.5 Data Resolution .................................................................................................................... 25
5.5.6 Data Progress....................................................................................................................... 26
5.6
PAGE 6 – METADATA INFORMATION ........................................................................................ 26
5.6.1 Originating Centre ............................................................................................................... 26
5.6.2 Metadata Creation Date....................................................................................................... 26
5.6.3 Last Revision Date................................................................................................................ 26
5.6.4 Future Review Date .............................................................................................................. 27
5.6.5 Revision History ................................................................................................................... 27
5.6.6 Parent Record....................................................................................................................... 27
5.6.7 DIF Author Information ....................................................................................................... 28
6.0
EDIT RECORDS......................................................................................................................... 29
7.0
DELETE RECORDS .................................................................................................................. 30
8.0
EXPORT RECORDS.................................................................................................................. 30
9.0
IMPORT RECORDS .................................................................................................................. 30
10.0
USER PREFERENCES .............................................................................................................. 31
11.0
ADMINISTRATION MENU ..................................................................................................... 31
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ANNEX I. .................................................................................................................................................. 33
MEDI V3.1 - INSTALLATION ................................................................................................................. 33
MEDI V3.1 – START THE MEDI SERVER .............................................................................................. 33
ANNEX II.................................................................................................................................................. 35
SCALABLE VECTOR GRAPHICS .............................................................................................................. 35
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MEDI – BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
The Marine Environmental Data Information Referral Catalogue (MEDI) is a directory system
for datasets, data catalogues and data inventories within the framework of the IOC's International
Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme. It has been set up to ensure the
widest possible coverage of data holdings and included a review of existing national and international
data directory systems as well as implications of inter-operability with similar systems within other
international organisations.
The development of global data directories, in particular the Global Change Master Directory,
resulted in a review of the MEDI structure to ensure its compatibility with other directories. The ability to
merge metadata collected by MEDI with global data directories was considered to be an essential
component of MEDI. This version is compatible with the GCMD DIF structure.
The objectives of MEDI are to develop a global database of information on data holdings held in
the IOC Member States and agencies with the following specifications:
• the database will be a compilation of input assembled by IOC Member States and relevant
agencies;
• a central database will allow the end-user to search, as a minimum, on location, data type,
temporal resolution and organizational parameters;
• a central database will provide the end-user with information describing the selected data
holdings and their sources;
• the system will be designed in such a manner as to ensure the widest possible coverage of
data holdings in Member States.
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2.0
METADATA
2.1
METADATA - OVERVIEW
Metadata is essentially data about data. Metadata describes the data, but is not the actual data
itself. For example, the records in a card catalogue in a local library give brief details about the actual
book. It provides enough information to know what the book is called, its unique number, how and where
to find it. These details are metadata, and in this case the metadata is bibliographic elements such as
Author, Title, Abstract.
Metadata has many applications. It can be used to:
• concisely describe datasets and other resources using elements such as the name of the
dataset, the quality, who is the custodian, how to access the data, what is its intended
purpose, who to contact for more information about the data
• enable effective management of resources
• enable accurate searching and resource discovery
• provide an online interface to a dataset and link to other information about it
• accompany a dataset when it is transferred to another computer so that the dataset can be
fully understood, and put to proper use, and to duly acknowledge the custodian on the
dataset.
Metadata help people who use marine data to find the data they need and determine how best to
use it. Metadata benefit the data-producing organisation as well. As personnel change in an organisation,
undocumented data may lose their value. New employees may have little understanding of the contents
and uses of a digital database and may find they don't understand the results generated from these data.
Lack of knowledge about other organisations data can lead to duplication of effort. It may seem
burdensome to add the cost of generating metadata to the cost of data collection, but in the long run it is
worth it.
The information needed to create metadata is often readily available when the data are collected.
A small amount of time invested at the beginning of a project may save money in the future. Data
producers and users cannot afford to be without documented data. The initial expense of documenting
data clearly outweighs the potential costs of duplicated or redundant data generation.
2.2
DATA DIRECTORY - OVERVIEW
A fundamental component of the management of marine data is to know what data exists, both
within an organisation and from other organisations. The ability to quickly locate a dataset and determine
its relevance is of prime importance. This is the purpose of a data directory.
A data directory contains metadata, or data about data. Metadata includes a description of each
dataset, the physical location of the dataset, the geographic area covered and the person responsible for
the dataset content. A data directory provides an efficient management and search tool to allow
organisations to describe their data holdings as well as informing the wider community of the existence
of these data.
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3.0
MEDI FIELDS - OVERVIEW
The metadata fields in MEDI are based on the Global Change Master Directory (GCMD)
Directory Interchange Format (DIF). Data entry forms contain the metadata fields to be completed and
are grouped as follows:
1. Summary and Mandatory Fields
Title
(Required field)
Summary
(Required field)
Parameters
(Required field)
Holding Organisation (Required field)
2. Distribution
Distribution
Related URL
Sample Image
Access Constraints
Use Constraints
3. Spatial and Temporal Coverage
Bounding Rectangle
Depth / Altitude
Location
Temporal Coverage
4. Reference and Citation
Dataset Citation
Reference
Dataset Language
General Keywords
5. Attributes
Source Name
Sensor Name
Project
Data Quality
Data Resolution
Data Progress
6. Metadata Information
Originating Centre
Data Maintenance
Metadata Creation Date
Last Revision Date
Future Review Date
Revision History
Parent Record
DIF Author Information
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4.0
SEARCH MEDI
1.
To search for existing records in the MEDI database, go to MEDI home page at
http://ioc.unesco.org:8080/medi. Select Search MEDI from the Main Menu then select
Search MEDI Records
2.
This will open the Search MEDI Records Screen:
Figure 1.
3.
Search MEDI Main Menu screen
The search options form is divided into four sub-categories with a different screen for
each. Each sub-category can be accessed by a simple navigation system. You can search
MEDI using a single search sub-category or by using a combination of sub-categories.
a)
General Search Parameters. This option allows you to search for specific
words in one or more of the fields in MEDI. Select the field to search from the
drop-down list of fields. Type in the search word then select the Add button to
add to the search task list. Repeat this procedure to add more search tasks to the
list.
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Figure 2.
b)
General Search Parameters
Spatial Criteria. This option allows you to search for datasets for a specific
geographic location.
Figure 3.
Spatial Criteria Search
Enter the latitude and longitude coordinates of the bounding box of the area to
search into the respective fields OR click on the map image to use the interactive
map.
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Figure 4.
Interactive Map
Select the area of interest by clicking on the interactive map and dragging out a
rectangular area. Then select Use to return to the Spatial Criteria screen. The
interactive map uses Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Viewer. See Annex II for
instructions on how to use SVG Viewer.
c)
Temporal Criteria. This option allows you to select datasets within a specific
time period or season. To select datasets within a specific time period, enter the
start data and stop date in Specific Bounds. To select datasets within a time
period regardless of the year, enter the start and end date in the Seasonal
Bounds. For example, to find all records for March and April, the start and end
dates would be 3-1 and 4-1, respectively.
Figure 5.
Temporal Criteria Search
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d)
General Text Criteria. This option allows you to enter any key words and
search all fields for matching records.
Figure 6.
e)
General Text Criteria Search
Select View all MEDI records to list all records then select the required record
from the list to view the full record
Figure 7.
View all Records
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5.0
CREATE NEW RECORDS
1.
To add new metadata records to the MEDI database you must first register and be
allocated a User Name and Password.
Go to MEDI home page at
http://ioc.unesco.org:8080/medi/. Select Login from the Main Menu. This will open the
Log In Screen:
Figure 8.
2.
Enter a user name and password then select Sign In. This will open the Main Menu
Screen:
Figure 9.
3.
MEDI Log In screen
MEDI Main Menu screen
Select Create New Record from the Main Menu. Each metadata record is divided into 6
pages of information. The first page contains all mandatory fields.
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5.1
PAGE 1 - SUMMARY
5.1.1
Title
This page contains all mandatory fields.
Title of the dataset
Definition
Specifications • Required field.
Use
•
May be used only once.
•
1 to 160 characters permitted from the entire printable ASCII
character set.
•
All 160 characters must be entered on one line.
•
Title should be descriptive enough so that when a user is presented
with a long list of titles, the user can determine the general content of
the dataset
•
In order to make titles descriptive, important elements about the data
may be included in the title, i.e., parameters measured, geographic
location, instrument, investigator, project, temporal coverage
•
Example
5.1.2
For readability, capitalization of the title should follow standard
constructs. Do not use all capital letters or all lower case letters, but
use the appropriate case where applicable.
Hourly Tidal Observations from the Coast of China, 1942-1986
Summary
The Summary Assistant can be used as a guide to assist in completing this field.
A brief description of the dataset, descriptive enough to allow potential
Definition
users of the dataset to determine if the dataset is useful for their needs.
Specifications • Required field.
Use
•
May be used only once.
•
Multiple lines of text are allowed, each line containing a maximum of
80 characters. Characters may be selected from the printable ASCII
character set.
•
Should include information needed for a user to determine the
usefulness of the dataset.
•
Should start with a topic sentence, describing what information is in
the dataset. Often, this is some measurable quantity or quantities, such
as sea surface temperature, human population density, or species
morbidity rate.
•
The total length could consist of approximately 30 lines.
•
Should restate information that may be found in other fields if that
information is vital to the understanding of the dataset (i.e.,
parameters, spatial coverage).
•
Should attribute the source information if the summary was abstracted
from an existing document.
•
Single space with blank lines separating paragraphs
•
•
Standard elements of style only
Capitalization should follow standard constructs. For readability, do
not use all capital letters or all lower case letters, but use the
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appropriate case where applicable.
Example
•
No right justification
•
Acronyms should be expanded to provide understanding.
•
May contain tabular information
•
Hyperlinked URLs may be imbedded in the text by surrounding them
in single or double quotes: e.g. http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov"
•
Where applicable, should include brief statements of the following
important information:
o
Data processing information (gridded, binned, swath, raw,
algorithms used, necessary ancillary datasets)
o
Date available (include only if not available at time of
writing)
o
Dataset organization (description of how data are organized
within and by file)
o
Read software (if available)
o
Methodology or analytical tools
o
Time gaps in dataset coverage
o
Units and unit resolution
o
Similarities and differences of these data to other closelyrelated datasets
o Other pertinent information
This Seasat dataset contains Level 1b altimeter data. The parameters are
the satellite height above the sea surface (from the altimeter), sigmanaught, and the satellite height with respect to the reference ellipsoid from
orbit determination. The dataset volume is approximately 3.5 GB and the
smallest order is approximately 140 MB.
SEASAT was launched on June 28, 1978, carrying a five sensor payload,
and operated successfully until a power failure brought transmission to a
stop on October 10, 1978. Its height and inclination were 791 km and
108.0 deg., respectively.
The objective of the altimeter (ALT) was to determine ocean topography
with a height measurement precision of 10 cm. Altitude was determined
by measuring the time required for a pulse to be transmitted, reflected
from the ocean surface and received by the altimeter. The ALT carrier
frequency was 13.5 GHz and operated in chirp pulse mode with a 3.2
micro-sec uncompressed pulse width and 3.125 nano-sec compressed
pulse width. The pulse limited footprint diameter was 1.2 km for calm
seas and 12 km for rough seas.
5.1.3
Parameters
Describes the types of measurements represented by the data.
Definition
Specifications • Required field.
•
May be repeated as often as necessary.
•
Parameters include Categories, Topics, Terms, Variables, and
Detailed Variables.
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Use
•
Within the group, Category, Topic and Term are required, whereas
Variable and Detailed Variable are not.
•
Categories, Topics, Terms and Variables must be selected from the
Parameter Valids.
•
Detailed Variable is a free-text line that may contain up to 80
characters of the printable ASCII character set.
• All applicable parameters should be specified. Remember to look at
the entire list of parameters to determine whether a Variable is repeated
under more than one Topic or Term. If so, a decision must be made
whether the Variable under the different Topic or Term also applies to
the same dataset.
•
If more than one Term within a single Topic applies, multiple groups
should be entered with the Topic repeated each time.
•
If more than one Variable within a single Term applies, multiple
groups should be entered with the Topic and Term repeated each
time.
•
If more than one Detailed Variable within a single Variable applies,
multiple groups should be entered with the Topic, Term and Variable
repeated each time.
•
If the Variable designation is too specific, Topic and Term may be
specified alone.
•
Detailed Variables do not need to be selected from a list. There are
no limitations on these words.
•
The Parameter Valids are a generalisation of the kinds of
measurements found in datasets. The Parameter Valids guide users at
search time from a broad terminology (Topics) to a terminology
considered suitable for search purposes by most Earth scientists
(Variable). Often however, datasets contain highly specialized
terminology of the actual measurement value. The generalised
terminology of the parameters is tied to the dataset's highly
specialized terminology by use of the Detailed Variable field.
•
Example
New parameters can be suggested for inclusion in the list. When
suggesting new valids for keyword searches, consider the user who
will search with that word. A consistent level of specificity should be
maintained among words in any single list. Before suggesting new
parameters, review the GCMD Parameter Keyword Rules at
http://ioc.unesco.org:8080/medi/docs/rules.html. Select the
icon
and enter the suggested Topic and Term.
Category: Earth Science
Topic: Atmosphere
Term: Precipitation
Category: Earth Science
Topic: Biosphere
Term: Aquatic Habitat
Variable: Benthic Habitat
Category: Earth Science
Topic: Biosphere
Term: Zoology
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Instructions
5.1.4
Variable: Fish
Detailed Variable: Demersal Fish
Select the Topic from the drop down list then select the Term and so
forth. When all Parameter values have been chosen select the down
arrow to add to the input box. Repeat if necessary. To remove a value,
highlight the appropriate value then select the up arrow . To search for
words in the Parameter list, select the icon then enter the search word.
Choose the appropriate Parameter from the resulting list then select Use.
Holding Organisation and Personnel
This records details of the data centre that produces the dataset and is responsible for its
distribution.
Organisation Name
Definition
Specifications
Use
The name of the data centre that distributes the data.
•
Required field.
•
The data centre group may be repeated in the DIF.
•
The field Data Centre Name is a required sub field and may be used
only once per group.
•
The Data Centre Name must be selected from the Data Centre Valids.
•
If the Data Centre Name does not appear in the Data Centre Valids
List, a new data centre name may be submitted.
• The names of data centres are semi-controlled; i.e. new data centre
names may only be added if the data centre does not already appear in the
Data Centre Valids List. New names can be submitted.
•
Short name and long name should be provided.
•
Short name is usually a mnemonic or abbreviated version of the long
name. When submitting a new short name, always check the Data
Centre Valids List to ensure mutual exclusivity among data centre
short names. No two data centres may have the same short name.
•
Long name is the full name of the data centre.
•
Example
Instructions
New Organisation names can be suggested for inclusion in the list.
icon and enter the suggested Organisation (short name
Select the
and long name).
NOAA/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NOAA
Select the Organisation name from the drop down list. If the Organisation
name does not appear in the drop-down list, select Create New
Organisation. Select the Organisation name from the drop down list. To
search for an organisation in the Organisation list, select the icon then
enter the search word. Choose the appropriate Organisation from the
resulting list then select Use. If the name of the organisation is not in the
icon. Enter the details of the new organisation
valids list select the
(Short Name and Long Name). Select Next, Submit, Done then close the
window. Refresh the Create New Organisation screen then select new
organisation name from the drop-down list.
Organisation URL
Definition
The URL of the data.
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Specifications
Use
Example
Instructions
•
Data Centre URL is an optional sub field and may be repeated.
•
Data Centre URL may contain 1 to 160 characters of the printable
ASCII character set.
• The URL for the data centre should be listed if available. This field
may be repeated as many times as necessary within the data centre group.
The URLs will be hypertext linked.
http://daac.gsfc.nasa.gov
Enter the URL in the box then select
. Repeat if necessary. To remove
a value select
next to the value to be deleted.
Contacts
Definition
Specifications
Use
Example
Instructions
5.2
The name of the person to contact for more information about the dataset.
•
Required field.
•
All Personnel fields may contain 1-80 characters of the printable
ASCII character set.
•
Email, Phone and FAX are optional and may be repeated as necessary
•
Address may be multiple lines, each line containing 1-80 characters
of the printable ASCII character set.
•
Data centre contact is the person(s) able to supply information about
data storage, access, availability, costs, etc.
•
Phone and fax numbers should be easy to read. Proper punctuation
and spaces should be used. For example, begin the number with the
country code: +44 123 45678
• The country should always be included in the address.
National Climatic Data Center
Research Customer Service Group
Federal Building
151 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801-5001
USA
To enter a new contact select
. Complete all details on the Create New
Personnel Record screen. The Roles, Email, Phone and Fax fields are
repeatable. To remove a value select
next to the value to be
deleted. When complete select OK.
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5.2.1
Distribution
Describes the medium, size, scientific data format, and fees involved in
Definition
distributing the dataset
Specifications • This field is optional.
Use
•
This group may be repeated. Individual sub fields may only appear
once per group.
•
All fields may contain 1 to 80 characters of the printable ASCII
character set
• Distribution Media is the media options for the user receiving the
data.
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•
Distribution Size is an approximate size (in KB, MB or GB) for the
entire dataset. Please specify if data are compressed and the method
of compression.
•
Distribution Format is the scientific data format used to distribute the
data.
•
Keywords for Distribution Media are selected from the Suggested
Distribution Media Keywords List.
•
Keywords for Distribution Format are selected from the Suggested
Distribution Format Keywords List.
•
Example
New Distribution Media and Distribution Format names can be
suggested for inclusion in the list. Select the
icon and enter the
suggested names
Distribution Media: electronic
Distribution Size: 13.5MB compressed
Distribution Format: HDF
Instructions
Fees: $100
Distribution is repeatable. Enter the information for each record then
select to move to the next record.
5.2.2
Related URL
This field provides hypertext URL links to Internet sites that contain
Definition
information related to the subject of the data, as well as other useful
Internet sites such as project home pages, related data archives/servers,
metadata extensions, online software packages, and calibration/validation
data.
Specifications • This field is optional.
Use
•
This group may be repeated.
•
The URL sub field may be repeated per group, but the URL Content
Type and Description sub fields may not be repeated per group.
•
If applicable, URL Content Type should be selected from the URL
Content Type Valids List.
•
New URL Content Type valids may be submitted for review. URL
Content Type valids may be 1 to 31 characters from the printable
ASCII character set.
•
If the Related URL Group is included, URL is required.
•
URLs may be 1 to 160 characters of the printable ASCII character
set.
•
The Description field may contain multiple lines of 1 to 80 characters
per line. Characters may be selected from the printable ASCII
character set.
• The Related URL Group should be used to link to resources
associated with the dataset such as data-specific software packages,
related data servers, calibration data, project home pages, and metadata
extensions.
•
URL Content Type describes the type of URL being referenced. This
field is used only in the case where a database search of a specific
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URL type is necessary.
•
URL is the hypertext link to the remote resource associated with the
dataset.
•
Description can be up to several lines of text describing the kind of
information offered by the URL and associated with the dataset.
•
URL Content Type valids should only be used for these specific
instances:
DODS
Data
Server,
DIAL
Data
Server,
Calibration/Validation Data, Software Packages and Project Home
Page. New URL Type valids may be suggested for review.
•
Most often, URL Content Type will not be entered. Rather,
descriptive information about the associated data resource should be
entered in the Description field.
•
Example
New URL Content Type names can be suggested for inclusion in the
list. Select the
icon and enter the suggested names
URL Content Type: DODS Data Server
URL: http://ferret.wrc.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/nc/data/coads_climatology.nc
Instructions
Description: The following dataset is available on this DODS Server:
COADS Global Ocean Climatology SST, Air Temp and Winds
Related URL is repeatable. Enter the information for each record then
select to move to the next record. The URL field is repeatable. Enter
the URL then select
. To remove a value highlight it from the list then
select
.
5.2.3
Sample Image
Information that will enable display of a sample image, movie or sound
Definition
clip along with the metadata.
Specifications • This field is optional.
Use
•
The group may be repeated. Individual sub fields may not be repeated
per group.
•
If the group is included, URL is required.
•
Each field may contain one line of 1 to 80 characters, except URL
which may contain one line of 1 to 160 characters. The Description
field may contain multiple lines of 1 to 80 characters per line.
Characters may be selected from the printable ASCII character set.
•
File is the name of the sample image file associated with the dataset.
•
URL of the file if it is to be accessed from a remote server.
•
Format of the multimedia sample file (which may differ from the
format of the data files) selected from the Suggested Multimedia
Sample Format Keywords List.
•
New Format names can be suggested for inclusion in the list. Select
the
icon and enter the suggested names
•
Caption is a one-line description of the multimedia sample used as a
caption when the sample is displayed. The caption is especially useful
for images such as graphs and photos.
•
Description can be up to several lines of text describing the
multimedia sample.
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Example
Instructions
URL: http://daac.gsfc.nasa.gov/CZCS/czcs.gif
Format: GIF
Caption: 1978-1986 Chlorophyll Global Composite
Description: Chlorophyll: 1978-1986 Global Composite taken from the
Nimbus-7
Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS). The five colors depict levels of
global chlorophyll.
Sample Image is repeatable. Enter the information for each record then
select to move to the next record.
5.2.4
Access Constraints
Describes any restrictions, limitations and legal prerequisites for accessing
Definition
the dataset.
Specifications
• This field is optional.
•
May only be used once.
•
Use
Example
Instructions
Multiple lines of text are allowed, each line containing a maximum of
80 characters. Characters may be selected from the printable ASCII
character.
Some words which may be used in this field include: Public, In-house,
Limited, Source.
Data available to the general public after 5 year embargo period beginning
January 1, 1994
Enter the restrictions, limitations and legal prerequisites for accessing the
dataset or select the suggested keyword from the drop-down list.
5.2.5
Use Constraints
Describes any restrictions, limitations and legal prerequisites for using the
Definition
dataset.
Specifications
• This field is optional.
•
May only be used once.
•
Example
5.3
Multiple lines of text are allowed, each line containing a maximum of
80 characters. Characters may be selected from the printable ASCII
character set.
Data may not be used for commercial applications.
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5.3.1
Rectangular Boundaries
Describes the Geographic extent of the data described in the dataset.
Definition
Specifications
• This field is optional.
•
The group may be used as often as necessary.
•
Each field in the group may appear only once.
•
Longitude must be specified in whole degrees, 0-180 east or west of
the Prime Meridian (Greenwich). To indicate direction from the Prime
Meridian, either the letters E or W should come right after the number
with no space in between, or the symbols + or - should come right
before the number with no space in between.
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Use
•
Latitude must be specified in whole degrees, 0-90 north or south of
the Equator. To indicate direction from the Equator, either the letters
N or S should come right after the number with no space in between,
or the symbols + or - should come right before the number with no
space in between.
•
All four values for latitude or longitude must be specified.
•
For a single point (e.g. station) the two latitude and longitude values
are the same.
•
Pay careful attention to coordinates when specifying the bounding
box of the dataset. Remember that the Southern Latitude may be in
the Northern Hemisphere. Likewise for the other coordinates:
Northern Latitude may be in the Southern Hemisphere, Western
Longitude may be in the Eastern Hemisphere, and Eastern Longitude
may be in the Western Hemisphere.
•
Instructions
For a global dataset the coverage will be: Northern Latitude 90N (or
+90), the Southern Latitude 90S (or -90), the Eastern Longitude is
180E (or +180), and the Western Longitude is 180W (or -180).
Click on Use Map to open the interactive map. Define the rectangle,
polygon, line or point (see Section 5.3.4 for further details) then select
Use then Close the map. To define an additional area for the same dataset,
select the right navigation arrow then repeat the steps above.
Use Delete to remove an area. Note. The interactive map must be
closed after defining each new area.
5.3.2
Depth / Altitude
Describes the vertical coverage of the data described in the dataset.
Definition
Specifications • This field is optional.
Use
•
May be repeated
•
Up to 80 characters are permitted for the altitude and depth fields.
Characters may be selected from the printable ASCII character set.
•
Minimum Depth: the depth level that represents the upper-most depth
of data coverage, as measured from mean sea level.
•
Maximum Depth: the depth level that represents the lowest depth of
data coverage, as measured from mean sea level.
•
Minimum Altitude: the altitude level that represents the lower limit of
data coverage, as measured from mean sea level.
•
Example
Maximum Altitude: the altitude level that represents the higher limit
of data coverage, as measured from mean sea level.
Minimum Depth: surface
Maximum Depth: 1500 m
5.3.3
Location
Describes the geographic region (sea area) of the data described in the
Definition
dataset.
Specifications • This field is optional.
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Use
•
May be repeated
•
Up to 80 characters are permitted for the altitude and depth fields.
Characters may be selected from the printable ASCII character set.
•
This field is optional.
•
This field may be repeated as often as necessary.
•
Instructions
5.3.4
Locations must be selected from the Location Valids. MEDI has
adopted the IHO “Limits of Ocean & Seas” to describe Locations.
This is a subset of the GCMD Location valids
Select the Location name from the drop down list then select Add to
move the values to the input box. Repeat if necessary. To remove a value,
highlight the appropriate value then select Remove.
Additional Notes
The spatial coverage of the dataset can be represented as a rectangle, polygon, line, single point
or multiple points. To record the spatial coverage, define the required object on the map as described
below.
Select the rectangle
Rectangle
icon.
Define the rectangular
area on the map.
Polygon
Select the polygon icon.
Define the polygon area
on the map.
Polyline
Select the polyline icon.
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Define the line on the
map. Terminate the line
entry by pressing the
SHIFT key and then
clicking the left mouse
button. Note that this
mouse-click does not
create an additional
point on the object.
Only a single polyline
can be defined for each
metadata record.
Point
Select the point icon.
Define the point on the
map.
To define more than one
point, use the Multiple
Point option.
Multiple Point
Select the multiple point
icon.
Define all the points on
the map. Terminate the
point entry by pressing
the SHIFT key and then
clicking the left mouse
button. Note that this
mouse-click does not
create an additional
point on the object.
5.3.5
Temporal Coverage
Describes the first and last dates represented by the data described in the
Definition
dataset.
Specifications • This field is optional.
• May be repeated
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Use
•
Years should be four-digits
•
Month and day of month should be two digits, with leading zeroes if
necessary
•
yyyy-mm-dd
•
Stop Date should be omitted if data continue through the present.
•
Start Date may be omitted if the starting time of data collection is
completely unknown, as in a database where data had been collected
over a long period of time or had been passed down to various
authorities. The inclusion of a Stop Date without a Start Date implies
that data were collected no recently than the Stop Date.
•
For data collected on a single day, such as a satellite scene, Stop Date
should be set equal to Start Date.
•
For maps, the publication date should be entered in both Start Date
and Stop Date. If the map is later updated, the new publication date is
entered into the Stop Date.
•
The repetition of this group is intended to indicate that there are gaps
in the data coverage and that the coverage is not continuous. This
field is not to be used to indicate the temporal resolution of the dataset
(see Data Resolution).
•
Example
Instructions
5.4
When gaps are unreasonably numerous, the field should not be
repeated.
Start Date: 1988-11-26
Stop Date: 1994-02-15
Enter the Start Date and, if applicable, the Stop Date values then select
Add to move the values to the input box. Repeat if necessary. To remove
a value, highlight the appropriate value then select Remove.
PAGE 4 – REFERENCE AND CITATION DETAILS
5.4.1
Dataset Citation
Describes a citation for the dataset to properly credit the dataset producer.
Definition
This field has 2 functions:
Specifications
Use
•
To indicate how this dataset should be cited in the professional
scientific literature, and
•
To document and credit the datasets that were used in producing this
compilation if this dataset is a compilation of other datasets.
•
This field is optional.
•
The entire group may be repeated. Individual sub fields may not be
repeated per group.
•
The Originator, Dataset Title and URL fields may contain up to 160
characters on one line. Characters include the entire printable ASCII
character set. The other fields may contain 1 to 80 characters.
Characters include the entire printable ASCII character set.
Dataset Title is the title of the dataset; this may be the same as Entry
Title.
Version is the version of the dataset.
•
•
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•
Originator is the name of the organisation(s) or individual(s) with
primary intellectual responsibility for the dataset's development.
•
Citation Identification is the volume or issue number of the
publication (if applicable).
•
Release Date is the date when the dataset was made available for
release.
•
Data Presentation Format is the mode in which the data are
represented, e.g. atlas, image, profile, etc. Select from the keyword
list.
•
Release Place is the name of the city (and state or province and
country if needed) where the dataset was made available for release.
•
Publisher is the name of the individual or organisation that made the
dataset available for release.
•
URL is the URL of the online computer resource containing the
dataset.
•
Example
This field is not to be used to list bibliographic references of
scientific research articles arising from the dataset. This field
provides a citation for the dataset itself, not articles related to the
research results. To list references related to the research results, use
the Reference field.
Originator: Halpern, D.
Title: Monthly Mean Global Surface Ocean Variables 1987-1993
Publication Place: Pasadena, California, USA
Publisher: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Instructions
Data Presentation Form: Atlas
Dataset Citation is repeatable. Enter the information for each record then
select to move to the next record.
5.4.2
Reference
•
Definition
Specifications
Use
Key bibliographic references pertaining to the dataset described in the
DIF
•
This field is optional.
•
May be used only once.
•
Multiple lines of text are allowed, each line containing a maximum of
80 characters. Characters may be selected from the printable ASCII
character set.
Bibliographic references may be provided in styles used by
professional scientific journals.
•
•
Example
Hyperlinked URLs to online articles may be imbedded in the text by
surrounding the URL in single or double quotes, e.g.
"http://earth.agu.org/eos_elec/95127e.html"
Cooper, A.K., 1995,
Strides made in understanding Antarctic stratigraphy and Cenozoic
glacial history,
Eos Transactions AGU, March 7, 1995, p.97.
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URL for this reference: http://earth.agu.org/kosmos/cooper.html
5.4.3
Dataset Language
Describes the language of the textual information of the stored data. It is
Definition
the language of the information object, not the language used to describe
or interact with the metadata record.
Specifications • This field is optional.
•
Use
Example
May be used multiple times if the data is available in more than one
language.
• 80 characters from the printable ASCII character set are permitted.
Languages may be selected from the Suggested Language Keywords List
adapted from ISO 639.
English
5.4.4
General Keywords
Any words or phrases used to further describe datasets
Definition
Specifications • This field is optional.
Use
•
May be repeated as often as necessary
•
1-80 characters of the printable ASCII character set may be used
•
General keywords that are not found in the parameter or location
valids may be entered here
•
Example
Could be used to specify fine resolution location words or more
specific discipline-dependent words or phenomena
Physical Oceanography
CD-ROM
Model Data
Instructions
5.5
to
Enter the General Keywords in the box then select the down arrow
add to the input box. Repeat if necessary. To remove a value, highlight
the appropriate value then select the up arrow .
PAGE 5 – ATTRIBUTES
5.5.1
Source
Definition
Specifications
The platform of data collection, as in a spacecraft, ship or ground station
housing the sensor(s) used to acquire the data; or as in a map from which
the data were digitised; or as in a model from which the data were
generated.
•
This field is optional.
•
May be repeated as many times as necessary
•
Must be selected from the Source Valids
•
If the source name does not appear in the Source Valids List, a new
source name may be submitted for review.
•
Short name: 1 to 31 characters from the printable ASCII character
set, except ">"
•
Long name: 1 to 80 characters from the printable ASCII character set,
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except ">"
Use
•
The short name should be written in all capital letters.
•
The Source Valids List is semi-controlled; i.e. the source names in
the list of valids must be used. If the appropriate source is not in the
valids list, a new source name may be submitted with for review.
•
Short name and long name (if any) should be provided.
•
Short name is usually a mnemonic or abbreviated version of the long
name. When submitting a new short name, always check the Source
Valids List to ensure mutual exclusivity among source short names.
No two sources may have the same short name.
•
If no short name is available, the long name is written in all capital
letters.
•
Example
Instructions
5.5.2
Sensor
Definition
Specifications
Use
New Source names can be suggested for inclusion in the list. Select
the
icon and enter the suggested Source (short name and long
name).
SHIPS
ERBS > Earth Radiation Budget Satellite
Select the Source name from the drop down list then select the down
arrow to add to the input box. Repeat if necessary. To remove a value,
highlight the appropriate value then select the up arrow . To search for
words in the Source list, select the
icon then enter the search word.
Choose the appropriate Source from the resulting list then select Use.
Describes the instrument or hardware used to acquire the data
•
This field is optional.
•
May be repeated as many times as necessary
•
Must be selected from the Sensor Valids:
•
If the sensor does not appear in the Sensor Valids List, a new sensor
name may be submitted for review.
•
Short name: 1 to 31 characters from the printable ASCII character set,
except ">"
•
Long name: 1 to 80 characters from the printable ASCII character set,
except ">"
•
The short name should be written in all capital letters.
•
The sensor list is semi-controlled; i.e. the sensor names in the list of
valids must be used. If the appropriate sensor is not in the valids list, a
new sensor name may be submitted with the DIF for review.
•
Short name and long name (if any) should be provided.
•
Short name is usually a mnemonic or abbreviated version of the long
name. When submitting a new short name, always check the Sensor
Valids List to ensure mutual exclusivity among sensor short names.
No two sensors may have the same short name.
•
If no short name is available, the long name is written in all capital
letters.
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•
Example
Instructions
5.5.3
Project
Definition
Specifications
Use
New Sensor names can be suggested for inclusion in the list. Select
the
icon and enter the suggested Sensor (short name and long
name).
ADCP > Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers
XBT > Expendable Bathythermographs
Select the Sensor name from the drop down list then select the down
arrow to add to the input box. Repeat if necessary. To remove a value,
highlight the appropriate value then select the up arrow . To search for
words in the Sensor list, select the
icon then enter the search word.
Choose the appropriate Sensor from the resulting list then select Use.
Describes the instrument or hardware used to acquire the data
•
This field is optional.
•
May be repeated as often as necessary
•
Must be selected from the Project Valids.
•
If the project name does not appear in the Project Valids List, a new
project name may be submitted for review.
•
Short name: 1 to 31 characters from the printable ASCII character
set, except ">".
•
Long name: 1 to 80 characters from the printable ASCII character set,
except ">".
•
Short name should be in all capital letters.
•
Should be supplied when there is a relationship between the
dataset(s) and the scientific project.
•
Should not be supplied if there is no significant difference between
project and source of the data as identified elsewhere.
•
The project list is semi-controlled; i.e. the project names in the list of
valids must be used. If the appropriate project is not in the valids list,
a new project name may be submitted for review.
•
Short name and long name should be provided.
•
Short name is usually a mnemonic or abbreviated version of the long
name. When submitting a new short name, always check the Project
Valids List to ensure mutual exclusivity among project short names.
No two projects may have the same short name.
•
If no short name is available, the long name is written in all capital
letters.
•
Example
Instructions
New Project names can be suggested for inclusion in the list. Select
the
icon and enter the suggested Project (short name and long
name).
TOGA > Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere
WOCE > The World Ocean Circulation Experiment
Select the Project name from the drop down list then select the down
arrow to add to the input box. Repeat if necessary. To remove a value,
highlight the appropriate value then select the up arrow . To search for
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words in the Project list, select the
icon then enter the search word.
Choose the appropriate Project from the resulting list then select Use.
5.5.4
Quality
Definition
Specifications
Use
Example
Describes information about the accuracy of the data or any quality
procedures followed in producing the data described in the dataset.
•
This field is optional.
•
May only be used once.
•
Multiple lines of text are allowed, each line containing a maximum of
80 characters. Characters may be selected from the printable ASCII
character set.
•
Description should be succinct
•
Include indicators of data quality
•
Include recognized or potential problems with quality (e.g.,
successful or unsuccessful usage by the research community)
•
Established quality control mechanisms should be included
• Established quantitative quality measurements should be included
The AODC use standard UNESCO, IOC/IODE documented procedures
for quality control. AODC use the Marine QC Ver1.1 semi-automatic
system, developed in-house, for the quality control of RAN thermal data.
5.5.5
Data Resolution
Describes the difference between two adjacent geographic, altitude,
Definition
depth, or time values
Specifications • This field is optional.
Use
•
The entire group may be repeated
•
Sub fields many not be repeated within a group
•
All fields may contain 1 to 80 characters of the printable ASCII
character set
•
Latitude Resolution is the minimum difference between two adjacent
latitude values.
•
Longitude Resolution is the minimum difference between two
adjacent longitude values.
•
Altitude Resolution is the minimum distance possible between two
adjacent altitude values.
•
Depth Resolution is the minimum distance possible between two
adjacent depth values.
•
Temporal Resolution: is the frequency of data sampled.
•
Not all fields need to be filled in, only those that apply to the dataset
•
Fields are free-text, so several values may be entered per sub field (if
several values apply to the dataset)
•
Example
Some example units are: m (metres), km (kilometres), ft (feet),
degree, hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly
Latitude Resolution: 1 degree
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Longitude Resolution: 1 degree
Depth Resolution: 100 m
Temporal Resolution: 3.75 minutes
5.5.6
Data Progress
The production status of the dataset regarding its completeness.
Definition
Specifications • This field is optional.
Use
Example
Instructions
5.6
•
May be used only once.
•
There are four terms that may be used for this field.
•
Planned refers to datasets currently being collected or to be collected
in the future and are thus unavailable at the present time
•
In Progress refers to datasets currently undergoing production or with
ongoing data collection
•
Complete refers to datasets in which no updates or further data
collection will be made
• Not Known refers to datasets where the progress is unknown
Complete
Select the suggested keyword from the drop-down list.
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5.6.1
Originating Centre
Data centre or data producer who originally generated the dataset.
Definition
Specifications • This field is optional.
•
May be used only once.
•
Use
Example
1-31 characters from the printable ASCII character set
• An acronym to identify the originating data center or data producer is
sufficient
GSFC DAAC
5.6.2
Metadata Creation Date
The date the MEDI record was created.
Definition
Specifications • This field is optional.
Use
Example
•
May be used only once.
•
Years should be four-digits.
•
Month and day of month should be two digits, with leading zeroes if
necessary.
•
Year, month and day must be entered in the form: yyyy-mm-dd.
• Select the Today button to enter today’s date
1994-03-24
5.6.3
Last Revision Date
The date the MEDI record was last revised.
Definition
Specifications • This field is optional.
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Use
Example
•
May be used only once.
•
Years should be four-digits.
•
Month and day of month should be two digits, with leading zeroes if
necessary.
•
Year, month and day must be entered in the form: yyyy-mm-dd.
• Select the Today button to enter today’s date
1994-03-24
5.6.4
Future Review Date
Future time at which the MEDI record should be reviewed for accuracy
Definition
content.
Specifications • This field is optional.
Use
Example
•
May be used only once.
•
Years should be four-digits.
•
Month and day of month should be two digits, with leading zeroes if
necessary.
•
Year, month and day must be entered in the form: yyyy-mm-dd.
•
Date is suggested by author
•
Significant changes may include:
o
anticipated change in the contact person fields
o
planned changes to the data content (e.g., change in
processing algorithm)
o
anticipated change in the storage location for the data
o expected inclusion of the data as part of a campaign
1994-03-24
5.6.5
Revision History
A listing of changes made to the MEDI record over time. Provides a
Definition
mechanism for tracking revisions to MEDI content
Specifications • This field is optional.
Use
Example
•
This field may be used only once.
•
Multiple lines of text are allowed, each line containing a maximum of
80 characters. Characters may be selected from the printable ASCII
character set.
• Append text to the end of existing text each time the MEDI record is
revised
1996-09-05, Jane Doe, DIF author, changed PI telephone number
1997-11-03, global update, changed Data Center URL
1998-05-22, populated new fields for version 6
5.6.6
Parent Record
This field allows an association between generalised aggregated MEDI
Definition
records (parents) and records with highly specific information (children).
Population of the Parent Record field should be reserved for instances
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where a multitude of MEDI records are basically subsets that can be
better represented by one parent record that describes the entire
collection.
Specifications
Use
•
This field is optional.
•
Field may be repeated.
•
The field must be populated with the existing or soon-to-be-existing
Entry ID of the parent record.
•
This field is only to be used in child records
•
This field is not to be used if the record describes a distinct dataset.
•
Example
In a multi-level hierarchy, the Parent Record value should point to the
record's immediate parent only.
World Ocean Database 98
5.6.7
DIF Author Information
The name of the person to contact for more information about the dataset.
Definition
Specifications • This field is optional.
Personnel
Roles
•
This field may be repeated.
•
All fields may contain 1-80 characters of the printable ASCII
character set.
•
The Role must be selected from the Personnel Role Valids, see
below.
•
The Role may be repeated per personnel group. In other words, a
person may have more than one role. In this case, the Personnel
group needs only to be specified once with repeating Role fields.
•
When the Personnel field is used, the Role sub field is required.
•
Email, Phone and FAX fields are optional and may be repeated.
•
The Address field may be multiple lines, each line containing 1-80
characters of the printable ASCII character set.
•
Investigator: Person who headed the investigation or experiment that
resulted in the acquisition of the data described (i.e., Principal
Investigator, Experiment Team Leader)
•
Technical Contact: A person who is knowledgeable about the
technical content of the data (quality, processing methods, units,
available software for further processing)
•
Example
Instructions
DIF Author: The person who is responsible for the content of the
metadata record. If the responsibility shifts from the original author
to another person, the DIF Author field should be updated to the new
responsible person.
National Climatic Data Center
Research Customer Service Group
Federal Building
151 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801-5001
USA
Select
DIF author select
to enter the name of the current user. To enter a new
. Complete all details on the DIF Author Details
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screen. The Email, Phone and Fax fields are repeatable. To remove a
value select
next to the value to be deleted. When complete select
OK.
4.
After completing the data entry, select
. There is an option to preview the
dataset. This will list the complete record on a single screen. Further editing of the record
to complete the record. If any of the mandatory
can be made from here. Select
fields have not been completed, this will be indicated on the Submit Record screen.
Select “Enter” to return to the page that requires additional information.
Figure 10. Submit Record screen
6.0
EDIT RECORDS
1. To edit an existing record from MEDI select Search Records from the Main Menu Screen.
2. From the Search Results Screen locate the record to be edited. At the bottom of the View
Record Screen select Edit Record.
. On the Finish Editing Record Screen
3. Edit the required the information then select
select the Overwrite existing record box if you want to replace the old record. If this box is
not checked a new record will be created and the old record will remain in MEDI. Select
to complete the record.
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Figure 11. Finish Editing Record screen
7.0
8.0
9.0
DELETE RECORDS
1.
To delete existing records from MEDI select Delete Records from the Main Menu
Screen.
2.
A list of records in the database will be displayed. Select the record(s) to be deleted. To
select multiple records use the Shift to select multiple continuous records from the list or
use the Ctrl key to select multiple non-continuous records.
3.
Select the Delete button. A message will be displayed “Are you sure you want to delete
the following records?” Select Yes or Cancel.
EXPORT RECORDS
1.
The export function is used to export one or more records from the database. These
records will be stored within a single zip file.
2.
Select Export Records from the Main Menu Screen.
3.
A full list of all records in the database will be displayed. Select the records to be
exported or alternatively use the options on the top of the screen to select all records,
select groups of records or deselect all records.
4.
Select Export. The name of the export zip file will be displayed.
IMPORT RECORDS
1.
The import function has designed for importing a large batch of records. These records
must be all stored within a single zip file.
2.
To import new records into MEDI select Import Records from the Main Menu Screen.
3.
Enter the name of the zip file containing the records to be imported or select the Browse
button to locate the file then select Import.
4.
An inventory of the entire zip file will be displayed. Choose which records you wish to
import by selecting the check box next to each record. By default all records will be
checked. Select All to import all records the Import. A message will be displayed
“Records successfully imported: nn”.
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10.0
11.0
USER PREFERENCES
1.
To view user details, change user details and to change a password, select User
Preferences from the Main Menu Screen.
2.
To download and install and to test the SVG viewer software, select SVG Setup from the
User Preference screen.
ADMINISTRATION MENU
1.
To access the administration area, enter the Administrator user name and password from
the Log In Screen.
2.
This will open the Main Menu Screen, as shown in Figure 9, with an additional option
Administration Menu.
3.
The Administration Menu provides three options: Add User, Remove User and Modify
User Details.
4.
Select Add User to enter new user details. To grant Write Access or Administrator
Privileges for a new user tick the appropriate box.
5.
To delete an existing user select Remove User then highlight the user from the list.
6.
To modify the details of an existing user select Modify User Details then highlight the
user from the list.
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ANNEX I.
MEDI V3.1 - INSTALLATION
1.
Install Java 2 SDK, Version 1.3.1 (if not already installed)
2.
Install Tomcat 4.0.4 by executing jakarta-tomcat-4.0.4.exe. Tomcat is a Java based
Servlet and JavaServer Pages implementation that is required to run the MEDI
application.
3.
To check if Tomcat is correctly installed, start the Tomcat server by selecting Start >
Programs > Apache Tomcat 4.0 > Start Tomcat. Open a browser and type in the
following URL: http://localhost:8080/ where localhost is the name of your server. You
should see the Tomcat page informing that Tomcat is set-up successfully.
4.
Stop the Tomcat server by selecting: Start > Programs > Apache Tomcat 4.0 > Stop
Tomcat.
5.
Run medi31.exe to install the MEDI software. Use the default directory - Program
Files/Medi3.1. Enter the location of the Tomcat Home Directory (or select Browse to
locate). Enter the Record Tagging Code. In most cases this will be the acronym of your
organisation. All records entered in MEDI will be prefixed with this code.
6.
After entering this information, select the Create button. This should pause for a few
seconds while the server files are created. Then select OK.
MEDI V3.1 – START THE MEDI SERVER
1.
To start MEDI, start the Tomcat server: Start > Programs > Apache Tomcat 4.0 > Start
Tomcat
2.
Open up Internet Explorer and enter the following URL: http://localhost:8080/medi/
where localhost is the name of your server.
3.
Select Login. The default login is administrator for both user name and password. This
login has administration privileges.
4.
To create a new user select Option 7: Administrator Menu from the Main Menu.
5.
To install SVG viewer select Option 6: User Preferences: SVG Setup. Select Test SVG
Viewer to test if SVG viewer is installed correctly. The SVG viewer software can be
downloaded from the Adobe site or from the IOC site.
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ANNEX II.
SCALABLE VECTOR GRAPHICS
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a language for describing two-dimensional graphics in XML.
The SVG viewer, which is required to use the MEDI software, provides the ability create dynamically
generated graphics from real-time data. The SVG viewer software is provided with the MEDI installation
software or can be downloaded from the Adobe website at http://www.adobe.com/svg/viewer/install/
Navigating the SVG viewer
Panning: Hold the alt key and click-and-drag with the mouse to pan an SVG image.
When the scroll lock is enabled and the Adobe SVG Viewer has the focus, the arrow
keys may be used to pan the image.
Zooming: Hold the control key and click to zoom in at the mouse pointer location. Hold
the control key and click-and-drag to select a region to zoom into. Hold the control and
shift keys and click to zoom out. Alternatively, right-click in the SVG image area to open
the contextual pop-up menu. This will reveal the commands and options for interacting
with the SVG image.
Quality: You can disable the Higher Quality option to cause the SVG image to display
more quickly, but with lower quality.
Copying: The Copy SVG and Save SVG as commands let you copy the SVG image to the
clipboard and save the image to a local file. The copy command places the SVG as it
currently appears onto the clipboard in both Unicode and raster formats. Note that this
differs from the Save SVG as command, which makes a copy of the original SVG file.
When text is selected, the copy command changes to Copy Selected Text.