This data dictionary provides a detailed description for each element or variable in your dataset and data model. Data dictionaries are used to document important and useful information such as a descriptive name, the data type, allowed values, units, and text description. A data dictionary provides a concise guide to understanding and using the data.
Information resources curated in Open Forestry contain a minimum of metadata that conforms to the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Element Set v1.1 and includes additional metadata elements from the Data Observational Network for Earth (DataONE) and MIT.
- Authority: The level to which the resource has been reviewed. Options include: peer-reviewed, best-practice, expert-opinion, in-progress, not-vetted.
- Contributor: An entity responsible for making contributions to the resource. Examples of a Contributor include a person, an organization, or a service. Typically, the name of a Contributor should be used to indicate the entity.
- Coverage: The spatial or temporal topic of the resource, the spatial applicability of the resource, or the jurisdiction under which the resource is relevant. Spatial topic and spatial applicability may be a named place or a location specified by its geographic coordinates. Temporal topic may be a named period, date, or date range. A jurisdiction may be a named administrative entity or a geographic place to which the resource applies.
- Creator: An entity primarily responsible for making the resource. Examples of a Creator include a person, an organization, or a service. Typically, the name of a Creator should be used to indicate the entity.
- Date: A point or period of time associated with an event in the lifecycle of the resource. Date may be used to express temporal information at any level of granularity.
- Description: An account of the resource. Description may include but is not limited to: an abstract, a table of contents, a graphical representation, or a free-text account of the resource.
- Format: The file format, physical medium, or dimensions of the resource. Examples of dimensions include size and duration.
- Unique Database ID: Also known as an 'Identifier.' An unambiguous reference to the resource within a given context.
- Language: A language of the resource.
- Methodology: How the data was generated, including equipment or software used, experimental protocol, other things often included in a lab notebook.
- Publisher: An entity responsible for making the resource available. Examples of a Publisher include a person, an organization, or a service.
- Relation: A related resource.
- Rights: Information about rights held in and over the resource. Typically, rights information includes a statement about various property rights associated with the resource, including intellectual property rights.
- Source: A related resource from which the described resource is derived. The described resource may be derived from the related resource in whole or in part.
- Subject: The topic of the resource. Typically, the subject will be represented using keywords, key phrases, or classification codes.
- Title: A name given to the resource.
- Type: The nature or genre of the resource. To describe the file format, physical medium, or dimensions of the resource, use the Format element.
- Version: A version number is a unique number or set of numbers assigned to a specific release of an information resource. Examples of resources that typically include a version number are software programs, files, firmware, device drivers, and pieces of hardware.
Standard conventions used in the metadata of information resources curated in Open Forestry
- Date: The date the resource was created or initially published conforming to ISO Standard 8601.
- Format: Open Forestry follows the best practices detailed by the Data Observation network for Earth (DataONE) for stable file formats.
- Unique Database ID: This is a data identifier automatically generated by the Open Forestry database. It is both unique and persistent.
- Language: The English name of a language conforming to ISO Standard 639.
- Rights: If a resource has property (including intellectual) rights held over the resource, it will be noted. Open Forestry staff will encourage the use of creative commons licenses for publicly available resources, in particular CC BY. In absence of known rights, publicly available resources will be assigned the creative commons license CC BY-NC-ND.
- Version: Versions are consecutively numbered following Semantic Versioning 2.0.0 definitions adapted and generalized as: version: (initial/major revisions).(minor revisions).(corrections). Ex: version: 1.3.10