Contributing Metadata to InPort
To author and contribute metadata for a library to InPort, you must have an InPort account with appropriate privileges. Please contact your organization's Librarian to be set up with a new user account with the privileges appropriate for your data management responsibilities.
Roles in InPort
There are several different types of roles in InPort:
Best Practices for Authoring Metadata
Each NMFS organization is responsible for determining specific best practices to ensure the discoverability, completeness, and quality of their metadata. Please consult with your data documentation group on the appropriate guidelines to adopt for authoring metadata.
For all Data Sets, a metadata rubric report is available as a general NMFS-wide guideline for ensuring basic levels of discoverability for metadata in InPort. The rules and scoring for this rubric are subject to change over time in accordance with emerging NMFS requirements and recommendations.
Geospatial Metadata Standards
For InPort users who work extensively with FGDC, a metadata upload capability is available to create and update data sets documented in InPort. In addition, the InPort team expects to expand this capability to support the international ISO 19115 geospatial metadata standard in the near future.