to Submit Metadata.
There are several ways to submit your metadata to the OMF.
The easiest, and most preferred, is to use one of the templates
that we've created. These will generate the xmlified metadata
using the information that you provide. There are three different
versions of the template form that can be used, the plain
vanilla, the version history template and the long
language template. The plain vanilla should fit most purposes.
The version history adds a field to provide version history
information about the metadata. The long language template
includes just about every language spoken on the planet, if
the documentation that your metadata is pointing to is in
a language not supported on the vanilla template. Feel free
to use the template that best suits your needs.
an alternative to the templates that we've written, we allow
anyone to contribute raw xml files containing the metadata
information, provided that the xml files conform to a set
of standards. We do this to allow people to write their own
scripts if they have a massive amount of metadata they want
to submit or if they're feeling particularly masochistic and
want to hand code xml. We've made the
XML DTD available as well as
If you don't know what a DTD is, then don't worry about creating
your own xml files--just use our templates.
you've generated your xml metadata files, upload them to metalab.unc.edu/pub/linux/metadata/Incoming
where they will be verified and placed into the metadata directory.
As it stands right now, there is no process to let you know
if your metadata is not compliant. Please check the OMF archive
a few days after you have submitted your metadata to see that
it did, in fact, pass the test. In the future, we may have
some kind of notification feature enabled to let you know
that if your xml wasn't verified. This is why we like the
templates that we've written--we know they work :)
We also have a mechanism in place to update your metadata
if anything about it should need changing, such as the location
of the documentation that the metadata is pointing to. This
is a pretty easy process.
It will ask you for a username and password. If you've forgotten
these, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update your metadata. It will be submitted for verification
and then put back into the metadata directory. Easy as pie.
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