Metadata hierarchy in integrated geoscientific database for regional mineral prospecting

Xiaogang Ma, Xinqing Wang, Chonglong Wu, Feng Ju

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


One of the core developments in geomathematics in now days is the use of digital data processing in mineral prospecting and assessment. The information discovery is based on multidisciplinary geoscientific data and an integrated management approach is crucial. The lack of a standard description hinders interoperations in database search and discovery. Metadata hierarchy aims to provide a standard view of the geoscientific data, and facilitate data description and discovery. In the research of integrated geoscientific database, the metadata hierarchy used a standardized description for each collection in the content structure and realized in semantic structure. It recorded both dataset identification and inner structures and relationships of objects, thus differed from many other applications. There were four tiers in the content structure and three levels in the semantic structure. With its help, database users could determine how applicable a dataset is to a project, and improve their queries to the database. Effectiveness of data accessing is significantly enhanced through the rich, consistent metadata.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-227
JournalGeo-spatial information science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • ADLIB-ART-3146
  • ESA


Dive into the research topics of 'Metadata hierarchy in integrated geoscientific database for regional mineral prospecting'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this