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Accessing metadata

The purpose of metadata is to provide information about something, and thereby enabling a potential user to decide on the usefulness of something for any given purpose. The INSROP GIS metadata consist of two main parts: INSROP GIS projects metadata and INSROP GIS database metadata. A version of INSROP GIS should include updated versions of these metadata as hypertext. However, as the database or projects library is likely to be updated between new versions of INSROP GIS, the metadata may also be accessible as a set of ASCII files.

The INSROP GIS hypertext metadata are accessed through the INSROP GIS Help menu (available from all INSROP GIS/ArcView windows) or directly by double-clicking the proper hypertext file in the INSROP GIS MS Windows project group. The INSROP GIS project library metadata are accessed from the hypertext program item labelled INSROP GIS Projects, while the database metadata are accessed from the hypertext program item labelled INSROP GIS Data.

The Theme-Display metadata ASCII file or Table-Display metadata ASCII file menu choices will display the contents of the metadata ASCII file associated with the active theme/table. A text editor may also be used to access the metadata ASCII files.

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The database ASCII metadata files are located in the main sub-directory of each data set. The project library ASCII metadata files are located in the <INSROP_GIS>\PROJECTS sub-directory. The files are stored with <data set name>.inf or <project name>.inf filename.