1. 1.
    Create file-level metadata for each data set using the provided template
       a. Start new row for each file and include all files
       b. Use "*" wildcard when the FLMD applies to multiple files
          i. For example - the same FLMD applies to all soil core files in this data package - "soil_cores_*.csv"
  2. 2.
    Follow the instructions in the FLMD quick guide
  3. 3.
    Use the FLMD template
  4. 4.
    Save the FLMD template as a CSV following the CSV Reporting Format guidance. We recommend naming the flmd file "flmd.csv" or you can include a prefix in the form of "*_flmd.csv"
  5. 5.
    For CSV data files, create a CSV Data Dictionary to describe the fields and other attributes of your CSV data file. Also list any data dictionaries you create as part of your file-level metadata (described in step 1a)
  6. 6.
    For zip files, we recommend including the FLMD outside the zip file but may also include it in the zip file
  • Fields common to ESS-DIVE Package Level Metadata are consistent in format structure
Contents of the Elements
  • File_Name
  • File_Description
  • Standard
  • UTC_Offset
  • File_Version
  • Contact
  • Date_Start
  • Date_End
  • Northwest_Latitude_Coordinate
  • Northwest_Longitude_Coordinate
  • Southeast_Latitude_Coordinate
  • Southeast_Longitude_Coordinate
  • Latitude
  • Longitude
  • Missing_Value_Codes
  • Data_Orientation
  • Notes