This section describes our best practices for creating high-quality scientific metadata. Taking the time to author a thorough, accurate metadata record will help your dataset be discoverable, which will increase its value to the scientific community and help further your funding agency’s mission.

For help getting started, check out our Metadata Cheat Sheet.

For detailed information about how to fill out a specific metadata field, please consult the Metadata Best Practices pages.

If you have questions that aren’t answered by this documentation, or would just like to discuss the importance of metadata in general, please feel free to email us at