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ScienceBase Catalog Training Video #3 – Item Details
In the last ScienceBase training video, we learned how
to search for items in ScienceBase Catalog based on keywords
and how to find relevant results based on the title, item type,
summary, and location. In this video, we’ll demonstrate how to
explore all the information available about a metadata record.
To begin, let’s revisit our previous search. Click in the search
bar and type Yampa. Click Search or press enter. Once the results
come up, click the title of the result entitled “Evaluation of trends
in pH in the Yampa River.” This result may be relevant to
our search but we need to find out a little more about it. To the
right of the title click the More Info link. We are redirected to
the catalog entry for this metadata record. This is the
ScienceBase item page where all of the information about this
metadata record is displayed in three columns. The center
column contains the summary or abstract of the piece. Below
the summary the item type and date of publication are listed.
If you are interested in seeing all the metadata for this record,
click the more information link. The metadata for this record
is shown in a pop-up window. You can scroll through and
inspect all of the metadata available for this record. When
you are finished inspecting the metadata click the small x in
the upper right hand corner of the pop-up window. Below the
item type and publication date is the access resource section.
The links in this section will vary depending on the item type.
Journal citations and publications will often have a link to the
full text while metadata records for large data sets may have
a link to a web service or to download the data set. This item
has a geospatial footprint so it is shown here. The left hand
column will show the display image for this record if one is
available. In this case the display image is the cover page of
the report. Below that we see the data owner. In ScienceBase
Catalog many items have a data owner, an organization that is
responsible for updating and maintaining the data. In the
lower left hand column, the Provenance section describes
where this record came from. In this case it was harvested
from the USGS publications warehouse or Pubs. The right
hand column shows many ways that this item is related to
other items in the catalog. At the top we can see that this
item is part of the UCRB virtual catalog, or Upper Colorado River
Basin. In ScienceBase, a virtual catalog is a way to group
items that are all related to the same project. Below the virtual
catalog we can see the tags for this item. Tags are informal
keywords describing the item that might not be found in
the title but are still relevant. The information listed in the
different sections of this page are links to more information.
For example, we can click on one of the tags, surface water
quality, and see other records that have the same tag. Click
the back button on your browser to return to the item
information page. The intertwining of information and the
ability to click keywords, people, and communities promotes
information discovery, sharing, and distribution. In this
video we learned how to access detailed information about
a metadata record in ScienceBase Catalog.
Title: Exploring ScienceBase Items
Instructional tutorial showing methods to explore metadata details for ScienceBase information items in the ScienceBase Catalog.
Location: Denver, CO, USA
Date Taken: 9/1/2011
Video Producer: Natalie Latysh , U.S. Geological Survey, Core Science Systems - Core Science Analytics and Synthesis (CSAS)
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