Point of Contact - Check for Organization Metadata Point of Contact¶
This FAIR Insight rules checks for a point of contact organization for the metadata in exists in the metadata.
Central Point of Contact for the Resource¶
While there are many opportunities within am ISO metadata record to identify contacts, the inclusion of the organization’s Point of Contact enables Data.gov and the GeoPlatform to direct users to a single point of inquiry for the metadata resource. To facilitate discovery by ‘organization’ within Data.gov and the GeoPlatform, the Point of Contact should be the agency directly responsible for the metadata publication. In addition to designating the publishing agency as the Point of Contact, it is important to designate the associated Responsible Party Role as ‘publisher’, as shown below.
Point of Contact: the agency responsible for publishing the resource
Agency Role: the agency should be indicated as the publisher of the resource //gmd:MD_Metadata/gmd:identificationInfo/gmd:MD_DataIdentification/gmd:pointOfContact/gmd:CI_ResponsibleParty/gmd:role/”publisher”
Point of Contact: the agency responsible for publishing the resource //mdb:contact/cit:CI_Responsibility/cit:party/cit:CI_Organisation/cit:name/gco:CharacterString/text()
Agency Role: the agency should be indicated as the publisher of the resource //mdb:contact/cit:CI_Responsibility/cit:role/cit:CI_RoleCode/text()
The recommended source for agency and bureau names is Appendix C of the OMB Circular A-11 (“Preparation, Submission, and Execution of the Budget”). This is a government circular that is revised and reissued periodically. The current version is from 2016. A searchable list of agencies and bureaus (sub-agencies) can be found in the Federal Register of Agencies.
Multiple Responsibility.organisationName elements can be used to include the agency and bureau names as shown below.
Responsibility/Organization Name: Department of the Interior
Responsibility/Organization Name: United States Geological Survey