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Metadata LanguageThis element specifies the language used in the metadata record (i.e. English, French, Chinese, etc.).No
Metadata DatesThis element is used to identify dates when the metadata changed in some way. This element is made of two sub-elements, Type and Date.No
Directory Names

This element has been used historically by the GCMD internally to identify association, responsibility and/or ownership of the dataset, service or supplemental information. Note: This field only occurs in the DIF. When a DIF record is retrieved in the ECHO10 or ISO 19115 formats, this element will not be translated.

Metadata SpecificationThe Metadata Specification element requires the user to add in schema information into every collection record. It includes the schema's name, version, and URL location.Yes
Entry TitleThis element describes the title of the dataset described by the metadata.Yes
DOIThis element stores the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) that identifies the dataset.Yes
Other Identifiers - draft -Provides additional or provider defined identifiers of the collection.No
File Naming Convention - draft - This element refers to the naming convention of the data set's (Collection's) data files along with a description of the granule file construction.No
Associated DOIsThis element stores DOIs that identify associated collections or other associated items to this collection.No
AbstractThis element provides a brief description of the dataset the metadata represents.Yes
PurposeThis element contains suggested usage for the data and/or a description of why the resource exists.No
Data LanguageThis element describes the language used in the preparation, storage, and description of the collection. It is the language of the collection data itself. It does not refer to the language used in the metadata record (although this may be the same language)No
Data DatesThis element is used to identify dates when the data or resource itself changed in some way. No
Data CenterCentersThis element is used to identify and provide contact information for the organization responsible for originating, processing, archiving, and/or distributing the dataset being described in the metadata.  Yes
Contact Groups

This element is used to provide contact information for a group associated with the dataset. 

Contact PersonPersons

This element is used to provide contact information for an individual associated with the dataset.

Collection Data TypeThis element is used to identify the collection as a Science Quality Collection or as a non-science-quality collection such as a Near Real Time (NRT) collection.No

This element is reserved for NASA records only. A Standard Product is a product that has been vetted to ensure that they are complete, consistent, maintain integrity, and satisfies the goals of the Earth Observing System mission. The NASA product owners have also committed to archiving and maintaining the data products. More information can be found here:

Processing LevelThis element describes an identifier indicating the level at which the data in the collection are processed, ranging from level 0 (raw instrument data at full resolution) to level 4 (model output or analysis results). Yes
Collection CitationsThis element provides the information required to properly cite the collection in professional scientific literature.No
Collection Progress

This element describes the production status of the dataset.


Data Maturity - draft -This element is used to inform users on where the collection is in a collection's life cycle.



This element describes the quality of the dataset.

Use Constraints

This element defines how data may or may not be used to assure the protection of privacy or intellectual property. This includes license information, or any special restrictions, legal prerequisites, terms and conditions, and/or limitations on using the dataset.

Access ConstraintsThis element describes any restrictions imposed on data access. Access Constraints can be described in a free text field with the option to provide an access control list (ACL) value. No
Archive and Distribution Information

This element and all of its sub-elements allow a data provider to provide archive and distribution file information upfront to an end user, to help them decide if they can use the product. The file information includes AverageFileSize - typically used for granules as well as file formats and other file information.

Direct Distribution InformationThe direct distribution information main element allows data providers to provide users information on getting direct access to data products that are stored in the Amazon Web Service (AWS) S3 buckets when they are initially looking at a collection. The end users get information such as the S3 credentials end point, a credential documentation URL, as well as bucket prefix names, and an AWS region.No
Publication ReferencesThis element describes key bibliographic citations pertaining to the collection.No
ISO Topic CategoryThis element identifies the topic category (or categories) from the EN ISO 19115 Topic Category Code List that pertain to a collection.No
Science KeywordsThis element enables the specification of Earth Science keywords.Yes
Ancillary KeywordsThis element allows metadata authors to provide words or phrases beyond the controlled Science Keyword vocabulary to further describe the collection.No
Additional AttributesThis element stores the data's distinctive attributes (i.e. attributes used to describe the unique characteristics of the resource which extend beyond those defined in this mapping).No
Metadata Association

This element is used to identify other metadata resources that are dependent on or related to the data described by the metadata.

Temporal Extents

This element describes when data were acquired or collected.

Paleo Temporal CoverageThis element defines the time period for geologic and/or paleoclimate data. The element is predominantly used for data samples that originated prior to 01-01-0001. No
Temporal KeywordsThis element specifies a word or phrase which serves to summarize the temporal characteristics of a dataset.No
Spatial ExtentThis element describes the geographic coverage of the data.Yes
Tiling Identification SystemThis element defines a named two-dimensional tiling system related to the collection. No
Spatial InformationThis element stores information about the reference frame from which horizontal and vertical spatial domains are measured. The horizontal reference frame includes fields for Geodetic Model, Geographic Coordinates, and Local Coordinates. The Vertical reference frame includes fields for altitudes (elevations) and depths.No
Location KeywordsThis element contains keywords that characterize the study area/region where data was collected.No
PlatformPlatformsThis element describes the relevant platforms used to acquire the data.Yes
InstrumentInstrumentsThis element is used to register the device that measured or recorded the data, including direct human observation.No
ProjectProjectsThis element describes the scientific endeavor(s) with which the collection is associated.No
Related URLURLsThis element describes any resource-related URLs that include project home pages, resource information pages, services, related data, archives/servers, metadata extensions, direct links to online software packages, web mapping services, links to images, documents, or other data.Yes
Short NameThis element identifies the dataset's short name.Yes
VersionThis element identifies the dataset version.Yes
Version DescriptionThis element describes the version of the dataset.No
Metadata SpecificationThe Metadata Specification element requires the user to add in schema information into every collection record. It includes the schema's name, version, and URL location.Yes