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A Python interface to various metadata vocabularies

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## py-thesaurus-interface An interface to metadata vocabularies for geospatial and other geophysical data

## Install ` pip install https://github.com/nansencenter/py-thesaurus-interface/archive/master.tar.gz ` ## Usage ` import pythesint as pti pti.get_gcmd_instrument('MERIS') pti.get_gcmd_platform('ENVISAT') pti.get_gcmd_data_center('NERSC') `

## Standards

The package follows the standards defined at NASA’s Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) (http://gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov) and the NetCDF-CF conventions (http://cfconventions.org/), plus possibly others that will be added as needs emerge… The standards are mapped in Python dictionaries and saved to json-files.

## Directory Interchange Format (DIF)

The DIF format is a descriptive and standardized format for exchanging information about scientific data sets. The py-thesaurus-interface package provides an interface to the keywords and formats defined at GCMD.

See: Directory Interchange Format (DIF) Writer’s Guide, 2015. Global Change Master Directory. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. [http://gcmd.nasa.gov/add/difguide/].

## Controlled keyword vocabularies from GCMD

See: Global Change Master Directory (GCMD). 2015. GCMD Keywords, Version 8.1. Greenbelt, MD: Global Change Data Center, Science and Exploration Directorate, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). URL:http://gcmd.nasa.gov/learn/keywords.html

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