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European Facility For Airborne Research March 26, 2017, 05:23

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EUFAR tools to create INSPIRE metadata and flight reports

The EUFAR Standards & Protocols team is proud to announce the end of beta phase for ASMM (Airborne Science Mission Metadata) and EMC (EUFAR Metadata Creator) tools. Brand new versions for both software have been made available in compliance with recent recommendations made by EUFAR’s S&P and data archive teams and to allow for deeper integration into the EUFAR website.

At the same time, a second server has been added to the EUFAR constellation. This new server will be dedicated to the new versions of ASMM and EMC tools, accessible via the following links:

What is the purpose of ASMM?

This project intends to develop a tool to create, modify and view Airborne Science Mission Metadata (ASMM) XML files.

Within airborne atmospheric science, mission reports provide valuable details about research flights that are not evident from the instrument data itself. These reports can include environmental details such as types of clouds encountered, surfaces overflown and synoptic features, or mission details such as overall scientific aims, flight manoeuvres undertaken and supporting surface based observations, among many other things. Currently, mission reports take the form of handwritten or electronic notes, thus the quality and content varies greatly between authors, making the reports less useful for filtering of or searching for specific flight details in the months and years after the flight.

This project was motivated by the need to create a standard set of mission reports, facilitating data classification and searches of data sets based on flight phenomena, mission parameters or other criteria. To meet this goal, an XML format has been developed to store the mission report data in a standard manner, and an easy-to-use graphical user interface has been developed to facilitate creation and display of the standard XML files.

What is the purpose of the EMC?

Metadata are critical for preparing a ready-for-use dataset after a field experiment. In the EUFAR database, available metadata will assist operators to store their datasets under good conditions, and thereafter will help users to search effectively for specific data. The goal of the EUFAR Metadata Creator is to produce global metadata dedicated to a particular dataset for Airborne Scientific Campaigns. As EUFAR is a European project and seeks to be compatible with other main European initiatives, the use of the EMC to generate xml files generated will ensure the files conform to the version 1.3 of the INSPIRE metadata and XML Standard.

For more information on tools developed within EUFAR, click here.

Originally published on Aug. 19, 2016
Last update on Feb. 15, 2017

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