Once you have selected “Add dataset”, you will be brought to the new dataset page. It is important to complete all the metadata fields to maximize the utility of your dataset by making it discoverable and interpretable by others. Please review and adhere to the following conventions when describing new datasets and follow the guidance provided on when to create a single dataset with multiple resources or multiple datasets. An example of a completed metadata form is shown at the bottom of this page.

The title should be the exact title of the report, linked webpage, or map. For datasets without a specified title, enter a descriptive title, e.g. 2014 Lake Kathlyn Secchi, Dissolved Oxygen, and Temperature Data. If the title is very long, you may need to shorten the unique URL generated (Click the Edit button under the title entry).
Title syntax:
  • All proper names are capitalized
  • Use Oxford comma (comma before “and” in a list, e.g. Blue, Green, and Red)
Provide a short description of the dataset.
  • For reports, this may reflect the document abstract or executive summary and should provide an overview of what the report is about.
  • For webpages, begin the description with “Link to….”.
  • For maps, include a short description of the map (i.e. map extent, map content, any theming, etc.)
  • For spatial data, describe what the spatial data is, the source of the data, any modifications made to the data, and modification date. You may also consider uploading any spatial datasets to the Skeena Maps Portal, which provides additional options for views and attribute descriptions.
  • For all other datasets, provide a short description of the information provided, where it came from, what it is describing, etc.
Tags are keywords relevant to the dataset that will enable users to find the dataset in the Skeena Salmon Data Centre using the search function, or by filtering on tags. See Tag Vocabulary for a listing of tags currently in use, along with descriptions of each tag.
When entering tag:
  • Press the return key between tags. If you enter a tag incorrectly, you can use its delete button to remove it before saving the dataset.
  • All tags should be written in lower case.
  • Always apply a decade published tag and geographic area tag.
  • Add all relevant tags.
  • Use judgement to determine tag relevance – if you were a user looking for information on the keyword and this dataset came up, would it provide information on the topic?
  • Add all similar tags (e.g. mine and mining).
  • Add both acronyms and full titles (e.g. pod & point of diversion).
A license tells users how the data, information, or material can be used. Licenses describe how the owner explicitly grants users permission to use their work. See the overview of licenses by the Creative Commons for an explanation of the differences in licenses. If you need to use a license not provided in the drop-down menu, please contact us at info@skeenatrust.ca.
Select the organization associated with the dataset from the drop-down menu. This is usually the data owner or publisher. If there is more than one publisher or funder, use the one first listed in the document. If the organization does not exist, please contact us at info@skeenatrust.ca to request the creation of a new organization.
Dataset visibility may be set to public or private.
A dataset set to public can be seen by anyone using the Skeena Salmon Data Centre. When the visibility is set to private, the dataset is only discoverable by members of the organization associated with the dataset and will not be visible to other users.
Add URL link to original data source if applicable.
Add version number if applicable.
Enter the name of the person(s) or organization responsible for producing the data in the following format:
  • Single author: Last name, First Initial. E.g. Daviel, E.
  • Multiple authors: E.g. Daviel, E., Vizcarra, R., Hoffman, L. and J. Pfalz.
  • When no author is specified, enter the organization
Data Steward
Enter the data steward if different from the organization. This identifies who is responsible for responding to data share requests.
Publication year
Add the year that the dataset was published.

After metadata is completed, select “Next: Add Data:” to continue the dataset creation by adding resources.

Example of a completed metadata form:


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