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ArcCatalog is a geobase administration application within ESRI's ArcGIS suite whose primary role is to maintain geospatial data and the corresponding metadata. ArcCatalog provides an integrated and unified view of all the data files, databases, and ArcGIS documents, integrating information that exists in many forms, including relational databases, files, ArcGIS documents, and remote GIS web services. In ArcGIS 10, ArcCatalog is folded into ArcMap - the mapping and analysis application.

The Archivists' Toolkit is an open-source data management system that provides support for the management of archives. This tool is aimed at archival repositories that store various kinds of data, especially text and image data. The tool supports accessioning and describing archival materials, establishing names and subjects associated with archives, managing locations of the materials, and exporting EAD finding aids, MARCXML records, and METS, MODS and Dublin Core records.

Archon is an open source, Web-based archive management system for archivists and manuscript curators that automatically publishes archival descriptive information and digital archival objects.

BibDesk allows the user to edit and manage bibliographies. It helps keep track of both the bibliographic information and the associated files or web links.

BibDesk helps simplify using a bibliography in other applications and is suited for LaTeX users.

CatMDEdit is a metadata editor tool that facilitates the documentation of resources, focusing on the description of geographic information resources. The metadata conforms to Dublin Core and ISO 19115 (Geographic Information) standards. Automatic metadata generation for some common geospatial data file formats including Shapefile, DGN, ECW, FICC, GeoTiff, GIF/GFW, JPG/JGW, and PNG/PGW.

Collection casting is a process for advertising a data set by creating a structured Atom news feed so people and computer systems can find your data. The "Collection Caster" tool is a web-based application that creates a "cast" (an eXtensible Markup Language/XML file) for your data set. You then place the XML file on your web server and create links to it from wherever you would like to advertise your data.

CyberTracker is a software tool that allows users to collect field data with handheld computers or PDAs. It can also be used to create digital field guides because it allows rich content to be displayed in conjunction with data capture fields.

A web-based tool for creating, maintaining and exporting data management plans. Developed initially for a UK audience, but can be adapted to other needs.

Drupal is a open source CMS (Content Management System) for websites. Drupal enables webmasters to create professional websites with a minimal amount of specialized coding or systems support.

NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) Clearinghouse (ECHO) is a metadata registry and order broker that allows query and access to data from a large number of repositories, primarily NASA repositories, though any repository can request to have their metadata included in the ECHO database.

EndNote is software for managing bibliographic citations. It integrates with Web of Science to allow for quick entry of citations. EndNote Web is also available to licensed users, which allows them to use EndNote when they are away from their own computer. Citations can be output in a large number of citation styles. Plugins exist for word processors and web browsers to enable quick citation.

ESRI Geoportal Server is a free open source product that enables discovery and use of geospatial resources including datasets, rasters, and Web services. It can help organizations manage and publish metadata for their geospatial resources and provides access to users. The Geoportal Server supports standards-based clearinghouse and metadata discovery applications. There are four key features: cataloging, geoportal administration, data publishing, and data discovery.

Esri2EML and BDP2EML are very closely related programs for translating metadata from ESRI or FGDC and from Biological Data Profile (BDP) to Ecological Metadata Language (EML), version 2.0.1. Generally, these kinds of programs are called "crosswalks".

eXist is an open source database management system built on XML (extensible markup language) technology. eXist stores information (data or metadata) encoded in XML. The database is queried using XQuery (XML query language), and follows many other W3C XML standards, including XPath and XSLT.

eXist includes a query editor and debugger. There is a large library of example data, code and applications that can be adapted.

EZID allows users to create and manage unique, persistent identifiers. EZID is a service from the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library that makes it simple for digital object producers (researchers and others) to obtain and manage long-term identifiers for their digital content. You can assign identifiers to anything: scientific datasets, technical reports, audio files, digital photographs, and non-digital objects as well.

The Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT) is a free open source software tool written in Java that is used to publish and share biodiversity datasets through the GBIF network. The IPT can also be configured with either a DataCite or EZID account in order to assign DOIs to datasets transforming it into a data repository. IPT is aimed at users, coders and translators.

Developed by NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD), DocBUILDER is a metadata development tool that can be used to develop collection-level metadata for deposition in the GCMD repository. Any organization or individual can use the tool, although registering an account is a prerequisite. Tool descriptions and other documentation are password protected.

The Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) contains collection / data set level metadata from repositories located around the world holding Earth or environmental science data. The GCMD website offers facetted search and browse for data sets by spatiotemporal extent, resolution, data center, location, instrument, platform, and project.

JHOVE2 is open source software for characterization of digital objects. Characterization captures the information about a digital object that describes that object's significant technical properties. For example, for a digital image file, JHOVE2 can identify the precise file format, as well as the salient technical properties of the file, such as resolution, bit-depth, and color-space. Capturing this information supports digital preservation analysis and decision making.

Mendeley is an bibliographic management tool. An optional local client, Mendeley Desktop, synchronizes with a standard Web-accessible interface. Users can enter new references, generate references from hard drive directories, or find references that others have already entered. References can be tagged as required. The emphasis is on social collaboration and sharing. Users can associate with each other and groups can be formed to developed shared collections.

Mercury is a web-based system to search for metadata and retrieve associated data. Mercury provides a single portal to information contained in disparate data management systems. It collects metadata and key data from contributing project servers distributed around the world and builds a centralized index. The Mercury search interfaces then allow the users to perform simple, fielded, spatial and temporal searches across these metadata sources.

The Metadata Enterprise Resource Management Aid (MERMAid) is a tool to develop, validate, manage and publish metadata records via secure internet access. It allows users and data providers to establish unlimited metadata databases to organize their metadata records as they choose (i.e. by program, project, data type, personnel).

Metacat is a flexible, open source metadata catalog and data repository that targets scientific data, particularly from ecology and environmental science. Metacat accepts XML as a common syntax for representing the large number of metadata content standards that are relevant to ecology and other sciences. Thus, Metacat is a generic XML database that allows storage, query, and retrieval of arbitrary XML documents without prior knowledge of the XML schema.

ncISO is a package of tools that facilitates the generation of ISO 19115-2 metadata from data in NetCDF (Network common data format).

The NPS Metadata Tools & Editor is a custom software application developed for the National Park Service (NPS) for authoring and editing NPS metadata. It extends the basic functionality of ESRI's ArcCatalog for managing geospatial metadata and also provides a stand-alone version for creating and manipulating non-spatial metadata outside of ArcCatalog.

OAIster is a freely accessible search engine for open access web resources, available from OCLC. OAIster uses the Open Access Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) to harvest records from websites. OAIster contains over 25 million records from all disciplines and subjects contributed by over 1,000 libraries, archives, and repositories. The records harvested by OAIster use Dublin Core (unqualified) metadata format.

Papers is desktop electronic library and document organizer. The tool helps users organize documents in many formats, including PDF, MS Word, spreadsheets, presentations, posters, and scanned text. Papers includes dedicated space for users' articles and conference related materials, such as travel documents and posters. It includes a citation tool and a built in search engine.

The Polar Information Commons (PIC) Rights Badging Tool allows you to use the Creative Commons tools to create a graphic badge. This badge asserts that digital content is available in the Polar Information Commons (PIC) with minimal restrictions and in adherence with community guidelines or norms of behavior for ethical data sharing. Once created, a badge may be placed on a website describing your data set or within the use constraints field of its metadata.

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PRONOM is an online registry of technical information about file formats, maintained by The National Archives (UK). The PRONOM database contains information about the properties of over 600 file formats, and is used by repository managers to understand, document and manage file formats stored in repositories.

Protege is an open source ontology editor. An ontology is similar to a taxonomy in that it presents a controlled vocabulary for a given area of knowledge. However the relationships between the different objects can be far more complex and richly described.

It allows users to create ontologies in both the Frames and Web Ontology Language (OWL) frameworks. Protege allows users to

RAMADDA is a web-based application framework that provides a broad suite of services for content and data management, publishing and collaboration. RAMADDA brings together a number of concepts and technologies to provide an easy to use but powerful system for publishing, organizing, discovering. and accessing data and other holdings.
RAMADDA Is a freely available web application that runs on your own server. Java is necessary for operation.

Refworks is an easy-to-use web-based product that allows you to import references. RefWorks is a subscription-based service available in many Higher Ed institutions. For subscribers, you can import references from your institutions' online library catalog and many electronic databases to which the institution subscribes. It is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

Specify 6 is a metadata management and collections holdings system that allows you to track specimen and tissue transactions. It manages specimen data such as descriptions of collecting locations, participants and determination histories as well as information about collections transactions such as loans, exchanges, accessions and gifts.

TemaTres is an open-source, web-based thesaurus management package. Features include a simple, functional user interface for editing and browsing keywords, sophisticated search capabilities, and the ability to import or export all or part of the thesaurus in a number of standardized forms. TemaTres features a rich set of web services that provide searching and retrieval capabilities for external programs.

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The Taiwan Forestry Research Institute has produced a set of web-accessible tools that use Ecological Metadata Language (EML) documents to produce maps and statistical products. They are available at: http://metacat.tfri.gov.tw/tfri/.

Tags: EML, map, metadata

Tika java class library available through the Apache group. It supports media type detection based on file type signatures, metadata extraction and text parsing and extraction.

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Tkme is a program for creating and modifying formal metadata that conforms to the Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata devised by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC). Tkme is related to its progenitor, Xtme which ran exclusively on Unix systems.

A collection of Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) for transforming between various metadata standards and views, and a tool for applying those transforms to metadata records stored in Web Accessible Folders (WAF, https://geo-ide.noaa.gov/wiki/index.php?title=Web_Accessible_Folder).

Xtme is a program for creating and modifying formal metadata that conforms to the Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata devised by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)ÅÇ Xtme has a number of command line options and shortcuts to ease the navigation and editing among the information placeholders.

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