EML (Ecological Metadata Language)

Ecological Metadata Language (EML) is a metadata specification particularly developed for the ecology discipline. It is based on prior work done by the Ecological Society of America and associated efforts (Michener et al., 1997, Ecological Applications).

Sponsored by ecoinformatics.org, EML Version 2.1.1 was released in 2011.

Summary Edit

Standard Website
http://knb.ecoinformatics.org/software/eml/
Specification
http://knb.ecoinformatics.org/software/eml/eml-2.1.1/index.html
Mappings
ISO 19139
Subjects
Life Sciences
Disciplines
Biodiversity
Botany
Ecology
Zoology

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GBIF Metadata Profile Edit

Established by a global network of countries and organizations, GBIF is a web portal promoting and facilitating the mobilization, access, discovery and use of biodiversity data. The portal uses a profile of EML; a How-to Guide and Reference Guide for using the profile are available.

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Integrated Publishing Toolkit Edit

A software platform using Darwin Core and EML to facilitate the efficient publishing of biodiversity data on the Internet, using the GBIF network.

Metacat Edit

Metacat is a repository for data and metadata that helps scientists find, understand, and effectively use the data sets they manage or that have been created by others.

Morpho Edit

An application for accessing and manipulating metadata and data (both locally and on the network), with wizards creating metadata files using a subset of Ecological Metadata Language (EML).

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GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) Edit

Established by a global network of countries and organizations, GBIF is a web portal promoting and facilitating the mobilization, access, discovery and use of biodiversity data. The preferred format for publishing data to the GBIF network is the Darwin Core Archive, and its Integrated Publishing Toolkit uses EML as its data standard.

KNB (The Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity) Edit

A network of federated institutions that have agreed to share data and metadata using a common framework, principally revolving around the use of the Ecological Metadata Language as a common language for describing ecological data.

Long Term Ecological Research Network Edit

A network providing the scientific expertise, research platforms, and long-term datasets necessary to document and analyze environmental change, it uses the Ecological Metadata Language in describing its data.

National Center for Ecolocial Analysis and Synthesis Edit

An EML developer, this US-based centre of cross-disciplinary research uses existing data to address major fundamental issues in ecology and allied fields.