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NRMP Monitoring Projects Metadata Standard (version 1.5) Outlines the metadata standard as implemented in the NRMP metadata creation tool to describe a monitoring project. The standard defines each field, specifies its status, format, repeatability, predefined values, and maximum field length.
NRMP Monitoring Protocols Metadata Standard (version 1.5) Outlines the metadata standard as implemented in the NRMP metadata creation tool to describe a monitoring protocol. The standard defines each field, specifies its status, format, repeatability, predefined values, and maximum field length.
Welcome NRMP Contributors!
This area of the NRMP Web site details ways you and your agency can contribute new projects and protocols, as well as modify existing records already submitted.
SUBMIT A NEW PROJECT OR PROTOCOL: Currently, we are creating new entries in NRMP through interviews. NBII staff will contact you at a time of your choosing to interview you about your project or protocol. Your answers will provide the metadata necessary to create an NRMP project or protocol record. Interviews generally take between 15-30 minutes to complete; you will be given an opportunity to review the draft record before it is published to the NRMP Web site. To set up an interview, please drop us an email, and we will work with you to find an interview date and time that fits your schedule.
In the next few months, we will also offer the ability for users to submit information about projects and protocols through interactive PDF forms.
EDIT PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED RECORDS: Contributors may submit edits to their previously submitted records in the system at any time. Any value in these records may be modified. If you would like to submit an edit to your existing record, please email us, and provide us with the record title, the agency or organization name, the requested change(s), and your contact information. We will contact you when the record is amended, or if we have any questions regarding your request.
Quick Tips to Prepare You for Entering a Project or Protocol
If you are using the NRMP metadata entry tools, you'll find that many of the metadata fields may be completed using picklists and other menus, significantly enhancing the speed with which you can enter information about a project or protocol. Not all fields are required; many are optional (though we hope you will consider completing them, if possible, to create a more robust and informative record).
Before you begin entering a project or protocol, check to see if you have the following information readily at hand:
1. Official project title
2. Names of PIs
3. Lead agencies
4. Project Contact and contact information
5. Partner agencies (if applicable)
6. An idea of the major goals or objectives of the project
7. An idea of the management questions addressed by the project
8. Knowledge of the methodology used to collect the data
9. The protocol(s) used
10. The primary scientific focus of the monitoring (what are you studying)
11. The sampling frequency
12. The geographic place name OR the bounding coordinates of your monitoring location
13. Whether the data is available, and if so, its format and URL (if it's online)
14. The data contact and contact information
You may want to print out the NRMP Metadata Standard for Monitoring Projects (located in the top right corner of this page) if you desire clarification or definitions for these fields, and whether or not they are mandatory. The NRMP metadata tool also contains built-in help.
1. Official protocol title
3. Originating agency, OR bibliographic citation (if the protocol comes from the published literature)
4. Copyright status of the protocol
5. Date of publication or beginning date of implementation
6. URL to protocol, if it is available online
7. Keywords describing the protocol
8. Relationship to existing protocol in NRMP (i.e. if it's a modification or revision to an existing protocol in the NRMP system)
9. Purpose, objectives, or questions the protocol is designed for
10. Management questions addressed by the protocol
11. The primary scientific focus of the protocol (what is it designed to monitor)
12. The sampling frequency
13. The spatial extent (where geographically the protocol may be applied)
14. Whether (yes/no) the protocol contains:
A sampling design
Field or laboratory methods
A data handling plan
A data reporting plan
A description of training or expertise needed
A description of analytical methods to be used
References used in developing the protocol
A description of any operational requirements
15. Status of the protocol (peer-reviewed, field tested, etc.)
16. Whether your agency provides expertise on the protocol
17. Links to monitoring projects in the NRMP system using this protocol
You may want to print out the NRMP Metadata Standard for Monitoring Protocols (located in the top right corner of this page) if you desire clarification or definitions for these fields, and whether or not they are mandatory. The NRMP metadata tool also contains built-in help.
What Happened to the NRMP's Online Data Entry Tool?
Users who have previously submitted projects or protocols to the NRMP may notice that the NRMP's online data entry tool is no longer available. Due to changes in federal IT security policies, the NBII can no longer provide log-in access to the NRMP database on this public Web site. Over the next few months, we hope to make available interactive, easy to use PDF forms that will allow users to create or edit NRMP records and submit them via email for upload to the NRMP database.
In the interim, if you wish to make changes to an existing NRMP record, send us an email with your name, contact information, record title, and requested change. We will make the modification in the database, and contact you when the change is complete, or if we have additional questions.
Snapshot From the Field
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Connecticut Department of Environmental Compliance biologist "shocking" a stream to conduct a fish survey.
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