How To: Create a metadata template


A metadata template contains information common to multiple datasets. A metadata template is used to quickly add information that is the same for all GIS resources created for a project, or to safely copy metadata between datasets.


Follow the steps below.

  1. Create an XML file either manually or programmatically. See the articles in the Related Information for detailed instructions about how to do this.
  2. Navigate to the directory where the XML file is located. It may be necessary to refresh the directory to view the XML file.
  3. Select the XML file and Click the Metadata Tab.
  4. Click the Edit Metadata button on the Metadata toolbar.
    [O-Image] Edit Metadata
  5. Enter documentation that is common to all resources such as Contact Information, legal information, date published, etc. Do not include information that will be added automatically by ArcCatalog, such as spatial reference or extent information.

    For more information on defining metadata, see Using ArcCatalog Chapter 9.
    Do not enter metadata for values that ArcCatalog automatically updates. If information for these values are entered, ArcCatalog will not update this information in the future. 
  6. Import the template before adding documentation that is specific to the item.
    A. Click the Import Metadata button.
    B. Navigate to the location of the XML file.
    C. Select FGDC CSDGM (XML) from the Format drop-down list.
    When metadata is imported, it overwrites existing elements. 

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