How to Create Metadata for the Montana GIS Data List with ArcCatalog version 10

The Data List metadata standard requires metadata to be valid XML files that conform to the structure of the Federal Geographic Data Committee's (FGDC) 1998 Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata.  These instructions explain how to use the ArcGIS 10 Item Description editor and export tools to create a metadata document that has the minimum required elements for submission to the Montana GIS Data List.

  1. Get the Data List translator package and place the two files from it in your system ArcGIS metadata translator folder.  The default folder location for ArcGIS 10.2 is "C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.2\Metadata\Translator".  You may need administrator privileges on your machine to place the files in this location.  You may place the files anywhere on your system if you can remember where to find them when you export your metadata (see "Export your metadata" below).   The translator contains a couple of small modifications to ESRI's ArcGIS2FGDC translator that makes it work for the Data List.
  2. Load a metadata template or your old FGDC metadata.
    If you are entering new metadata from scratch and have several documents to create, it may be easier to start by creating a metadata template.  You may import a template to avoid having to re-type the same information again for each layer.  If you already have metadata for a layer, do not use a template -- loading a template will erase your existing metadata.
  3. Create or Edit Your Metadata
    Find the Description tab for the entity whose metadata you want to edit and push the Edit button.  Fill out the following sections.
  4. Save your changes
  5. Export your metadata
  6. Go to the GIS Data List and follow the instructions in the help file for becoming an publisher and loading your data