How is Metadata used on the Tracking Network?
Descriptive metadata is the “Backbone” of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. Its creation and maintenance is essential for the success of the Network. As a result, many of the early grant efforts have focused on its development. Metadata is important to the Tracking Network for two reasons.
- It allows Network users to locate resources through a variety of means including keywords, geographic boundaries, and date and time.
- A Network user can determine the content of a resource, why created, how it was created, any limitations, access and use restrictions, data quality, and contact information. It helps a user to decide if a resource found on the Network is appropriate for the proposed use.
More information on Tracking Network metadata can be found in this Metadata Content Guidance Document.