Ecological Metadata Language

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EML - Ecological Metadata Language

EML - Ecological Metadata Language is a detailed structured XML metadata specification for earth, environmental and ecological sciences. EML consists of a collection of modules based on XML document types.

The modules can be used in a flexible way. Following types of modules are provided:

• Top level resources distinguishing Data set resource, literature resource, software resource, protocol resource. These are compatible with Dublin Core syntax.

• Supporting modules

• Data organization modules

• Entity types

• Utility modules

more about EML

Due to the complexity of EML we choose those EML elements which are provided by the Morpho tool ( offering the minimum amount of documentation necessary for the description of a data package in EML. These are:

• Title and Abstract (Description)

• Keywords

• Owner/Contact (People and Organizations)

• Usage Rights

• Coverage Details (geographical, temporal, taxonomic)

• Methods