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Attempting to publish a metadata document to an ArcIMS Metadata service produces the following error from ArcCatalog:
"1 metadata documents could not be published to the target location due to invalid content".
The error usually references a specific problem element, such as 'Valid publisher is required' or 'Data theme value is not a valid string'.
The ArcIMS Metadata service has validation turned on. Validation is a setting within ArcIMS Metadata service that checks for five key metadata elements and whether or not they are entered correctly. Without these elements referenced correctly, the document does not pass validation and cannot be published. This check helps to ensure quality metadata documents are published to the service.
All five of the required elements to pass validation must be filled in correctly:
3) Spatial Extent
4) Content theme
5) Resource Description
The following steps use ArcCatalog to edit metadata elements.
To enable the metadata toolbar in ArcCatalog, select the 'view' menu, select 'toolbars' and enable 'metadata'.
With the toolbar active and a metadata view of the data, begin editing the metadata.
For additional information on editing metadata, refer to the following link: Web help: Editing metadata
A complete list of content types with codes are available on page 44 of the 'Creating Metadata Services' PDF.