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How Does EDG Contribute to Quality Information?

  • How does EDG contribute to quality information?
  • How does the EDG provide support for the metadata process?


How does EDG contribute to quality information?

EDG responds to the increasing demand for access to high quality information and supports EPA's ongoing efforts to promote transparency by providing an access point from which to discover and access many data sets and geospatial tools.

  • EDG provides users with access to EPA's data sets and geospatial tools with comprehensive documentation.
  • EDG content is kept current by stewards and through a well-defined governance process.
  • Metadata contributed to EDG is reviewed and approved by the EDG Administrator.


How does EDG provide support for the metadata process?

The EPA Metadata Editor (EME) simplifies the process of creating metadata that meets the EPA Geospatial Metadata Technical Specification and Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM) requirements (https://edg.epa.gov/EME/About.htm). The current release of EME 3.1 provides users with an FGDC metadata editor that is compatible with ArcGIS 10 and runs as a standalone tool. Additionally, EME for ArcGIS is deployed with a customizable synchronizer and EPA Validation tool. Fact sheet download link (https://edg.epa.gov/EME/EME_FactSheet.pdf).

The vision for the Environmental Dataset Gateway (EDG) is to provide a single source for environmental data sets and geospatial tools and creating a gateway for shared data collaboration. EDG is managed by the Office of Environmental Information (OEI), and the content is overseen by EDG Stewards appointed for each EPA office.