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OCMDN VI - Introduction to pycsw Training

Oregon Coastal Management Program

Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (PDT)

OCMDN VI - Introduction to pycsw Training

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Morning Workshop - Introduction to pycsw (FREE) Ended Free  

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Course Description

This training is designed to present an overview of  pycsw ( and the FGDC endorsed OGC catalog standard CSW as a means for sharing coastal and marine data via the web. Attendees will learn how to install, configure, and use pycsw to both publish and discover geospatial metadata.  The course will be provided online and will allow interaction between the instructor and the attendees. The workshop will be conducted by one of the leaders of the Open Source community, Jeff McKenna, and members of the pycsw team.  


Course Outline

  • Metadata Background
    • types
    • history
  • OGC CSW Specification
    • purpose
    • example requests
  • pycsw Introduction
    • purpose
    • features
    • use cases
    • installation
    • configuration
    • exercises
  • pycsw Advanced
    • harvesting
    • export repository
    • tips and tricks
    • interacting with the community
    • exercises
  • pycsw and Open Data
    • GeoNode
    • Open Data Catalog
  • pycsw Future Development

Online Workshop Details & Pre-Workshop Installation

  • This Workshop will be conducted as an online webinar. Registrants via Eventbrite will received connection information via email in advance of the event.
  • The workshop istructors have created a page for those interested in installing pycsw beforehand (uses the OSGeo-Live virtual machine):


In recent years, the evolution of software, technology and physical network capabilities has made the prospect of data being shared “at the source by the source” an increasingly realistic possibility for many organizations. Such distributed serving (whether achieved using in-house or cloud-based physical resources) is an advancement for data producers and users because it solves many of the problems identified with older centralized sharing and serving models such as “link rot” and confusion over authoritative sourcing or version currency. One implication of this evolution is that a much wider network of data stewards must be aware of, and prepared to implement, best practices and standards for making data products available via services over the web. In addition, a new version of an old challenge emerges: how do users find and access the newly available services?

This represents an increased need for outreach and training on such topics within thematic framework stakeholder groups. Our workshop is funded by a FGDC CAP grant that provides funding for outreach and training on FGDC-endorsed standards implementation. In this case, the specific outreach focus is on the Open Geospatial Consortium standard available for sharing catalogs of metadata via the web. Our intent is to improve the landscape of data sharing within a specific thematic domain in Oregon (coastal and marine data stewards), but the lessons learned would be widely applicable in other thematic domains and across geographies.

About the OCMDN

The Oregon Coastal & Marine Data Network first met in June of 2011, and in September 2012 was endorsed by the Oregon Geographic Information Council (OGIC) as a new thematic Framework Implementation Team (FIT). As part of the endorsement process the network put forward a charter that formalizes a mission and specific network objectives.

Membership in this network community is voluntary and is open to all levels of government, industry, academia, private sector and the general public. All are welcome.

To receive notifications about network events you might find it helpful to subscribe to the OCMDN low-traffic listserv:

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