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Metadata Standards

Data and information resources are generated by diverse user communities and the metadata required to describe these resources are equally diverse. Metadata must adequately describe data in terms useful to user communities and appropriate to the data or information resource. Over time, an array of diverse metadata formats have evolved which enable various organiztions, agencies, and user communities to tailor metadata to specific needs. Standardizing these metadata provide uniformity to the information presented, which facilitates information sharing among various organizations and agencies.

Several standardized metadata formats exist:

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