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. Follow the instructions in the FLMD quick guide

  3. Use the FLMD template

  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. 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. 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

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