MY DATA LAYERS
Inventorying Your GIS Data
PLEASE NOTE: You have two options for inventorying your data layers. The first is by manually entering the information using the link to My Data Layers. The other is a more automated approach that is described under the Harvesting link.
For most fields you select a response from a drop-down list (select the answer that most accurately represents your data). The basic inventory-level data records are described by 8 basic metadata-derived fields:
5. Content Date
6. Update Frequency
7. Geography (auto-populated from Geography profile but can be altered)
8. Layer Description
Users are also encouraged to provide information in 4 additional areas where applicable:
Web Service URL (this is a complete URL to access a web map service view or web feature service that provides access to this data)
Archive Information (checking Yes will cause additional fields to appear that will provide details on your archives)
Federal Grant Money (some Federal agencies require a data plan for their grant programs and if you check yes to this field, your report can serve as that data plan)
Certain data layers have additional attribute information that is automatically inserted into the metadata and System reports to make them more useful to a wide range of users. Those layers include imagery, parcels, road centerlines, addresses, land use and land cover, digital elevation models and hydrography.
Users estimate that it takes between one and three minutes to inventory each individual data layer.
In the My Geography section, you defined a default geographic extent that is automatically assigned to GIS data that you inventory. If you have a different geographic extent for a specific data layer, you can create a new geography in the "My Geography" section of your account.
You can create multiple geographies and apply them, as appropriate, to individual data layers.
1. If you have already created a new geography, you can re-use it by selecting its alias name from the drop-down list.
2. You must return to the My Geography section to edit a saved geography.
PLEASE NOTE: If you delete a custom geography, the system will automatically assign your default geography to all data layers that were associated with it.