Minimum Metadata Requirements for Publishing in HydroShare

Required Metadata for Published Resources

CUAHSI wants to ensure that published resources are highly discoverable and well described. After you submit a resource for publication, it will undergo a light review by a member of CUAHSI staff to ensure that it meets minimum metadata requirements and adheres to community guidelines. Requests are reviewed within business hours, requests submitted after hours on Friday will be reviewed on Monday. 

Minimum required metadata are as follows: 


Minimum 30 characters.

The title of your resource should be descriptive but brief, similar to the title of a journal article. Avoid incorporating esoteric abbreviations and acronyms to increase the discoverability of your resource. Titles should be human readable.


minimum 150 characters. 

The Abstract should describe the contents and purpose of the resource, as well as the way the contents should be used or executed. 

Subject Keywords:

Minimum 3 subject keywords, including geographic location keywords

Subject keywords are vital to the discoverability of your resource. Keywords should be simple words or phrases that help identify the content of your resource. Keywords may include topics covered by the resource contents, project identifiers, geographic locations, observed variables, etc. 

Metadata that is Recommended but Not Required:

Funding Agency:

Funding agency name, and award number if appropriate. 

Readme File

All variables, abbreviations/acronyms, and non-standard file formats should be defined in the ReadMe file. If folder structure within the resource is complicated, it can be described in the ReadMe file as well. Files can be uploaded as or Readme.txt to be rendered in markdown or plain text under the contents section.

Geographic Coverage

Coverage that describes locations that are related to the dataset in whatever capacity the depositor finds most relevant. 

Readme File

A Readme file must be included in the contents which specifies variables included in the dataset and the intended use of the data, as well as what is required to use the data if applicable. README files should be uploaded as or README.txt. Must be different from abstract.