Metadata Nirvana: Data discovery and metadata creation untouched by human hands
2021-09-29, 16:30–17:00, Puerto Iguazú

Everyone knows metadata is A Good Idea and Very Important, even more so given the current focus on data sharing. Unfortunately it's also time-consuming, hard work, and a bit boring. Assuming you've even kept tags on all of your data sources, manual metadata creation also doesn't work well at scale.
Out of date, inaccurate, or incomplete metadata can lead to bad decision-making with real-world consequences. Conversely, good metadata can help make your data far more discoverable on the web.
What if you could automatically keep track of all your geospatial data, create fully valid, high-quality metadata records, including the fluffy stuff such as abstracts and keywords, and keep it up to date?

I'll demonstrate a potential workflow for reaching metadata nirvana using entirely open source tools such as GeoNetwork, Talend ETL, and some Natural Language Processing libraries. While the underlying subject is complex, the talk will be pitched at an accessible level.

Authors and Affiliations

Cook, Jo
Astun Technology, UK


Use cases & applications


Standards, interoperability, SDIs


2 - Basic. General basic knowledge is required.

Language of the Presentation


Data Discovery evangelist and long term OSGeo supporter at Astun Technology. @archaeogeek on the internet.

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