Metadata Management in an Interdisciplinary, Project-Specific Data Repository: A Case Study from Earth Sciences

  • Constanze CurdtEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 672)


This paper presents an approach to manage metadata of (research) data from the interdisciplinary, long-term, DFG-funded, collaborative research project ‘Patterns in Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Systems: Monitoring, Modelling, and Data Assimilation’. In this framework, a data repository, the so-called TR32DB project database, was established in 2008 with the aim to manage the resulting data of the involved scientists. The data documentation with accurate, extensive metadata has been a key task. Consequently, a standardized, interoperable, multi-level metadata schema has been designed and implemented to ensure a proper documentation and publication of all project data (e.g. data, publication, reports), as well as to facilitate data search, exchange and re-use. A user-friendly web-interface was designed for a simple metadata input and search.


Metadata Metadata schema Research data management Data repository Interdisciplinary project 



I would like to thank all colleagues involved in the design and implementation of the TR32DB in recent years. In addition, I gratefully acknowledge financial support by the CRC/TR32 ‘Patterns in Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Systems: Monitoring, Modelling, and Data Assimilation’ funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The author would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their suggestions and valuable comments on the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CologneCologneGermany

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