NSDL Documentation Wiki

Announcement: The operation of NSDL has been transferred to ISKME's OER Commons (effective December, 2014) - Read the news release.

This documentation describes the policies, procedures, and services that existed while NSDL was operated by UCAR.

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If you have existing metadata in spreadsheets, databases or generate metadata from websites or other catalog system, you may programmatically make xml records and load them into an OAI provider for harvest by the NSDL. NSDL can help with crosswalking your metadata.

Metadata Formats

All metadata submitted to the NSDL must be in the correct xml format. For resource metadata, this is primarilly the lar format. For data about user activities involving a resource on your own website, this would be the comm_para or comm_anno format. Find more information about the metadata formats used by the NSDL here.

Putting your Metadata into NSDL