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Forum Guide to Metadata
NFES 2009-805
July 2009






Suggested outline for a metadata system needs statement



Section 1. Introduction

  • 1.1 Background
  • 1.2 Objectives and scope

Section 2. System contents

  • 2.1 Types of metadata
    • 2.1.1 Data management
    • 2.1.2 Reporting and use
    • 2.1.3 Technical
  • 2.2 Metadata standards
  • 2.3 Volume of information

Section 3. System functions

  • 3.1 Storage and retrieval capabilities
  • 3.2 Calculation and processing capabilities
  • 3.3 Collection and output capabilities

Section 4. Access and capacity

  • 4.1 Interface requirements
    • 4.1.1 Web, WPN, PC/Mac, etc.
  • 4.2 Hours of operation
  • 4.3 Number of users
  • 4.4 Transmission volume
  • 4.5 Security and access requirements
    • 4.5.1 User categories
    • 4.5.2 Permission restrictions
    • 4.5.3 Remote access

Section 5. Technical parameters

  • 5.1 Adherence to technical standards
  • 5.2 Requirements for system interfaces




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