# 16 project

This element is found at this location (XPath):
/eml:eml/dataset/project

General information: EML is one of the few specifications with a detailed tree dedicated to projects, and which can be nested, using <relatedProject> At its simplest, a <project> tree can hold a general descriptions of the project sponsoring the data package and nested if smaller sub-projects. A related project Minimally, the description of a project should include <title>, <personnel> and <abstract>, with the study area description and mission statement. The <distribution> tree should link to the project’s home page, or alternatively could link to a publication describing the project. As stated earlier, the description of elements that are reused (e.g., XML types) are discussed where they first appear, so the descriptions for these three elements (<title>, <personnel> and <abstract>) can be found above, under <dataset>, above. Two elements are unique to the <project> tree, <fundingSource> and <studyAreaDiscription>.

<fundingSource> should contain the agency and grant number. It is not optional.

<studyAreaDiscription> tree and its accompanying <citation> tree are optional, and may be used to describe non-coverage characteristics of the study area such as climate, geology or disturbances or references to citable biological or geophysical classification systems such as the Bailey Ecoregions or the Holdridge Life Zones. The studyAreaDiscription tree also supports multiple <coverage> elements that can be used to describe the geographic boundaries of individual study sites within the larger area. These can be referenced by the studyExtent/spatialSamplingUnits/referencedEntityId. The sibling <descriptor> tag can be used for text descriptions of the site.

Example 19: project

<project>
<title>FSL basic monitoring program</title>
<personnel id="pers-30" system="FLS">
<individualName>
<salutation>Dr.</salutation>
<givenName>Eva</givenName>
<givenName>M.</givenName>
<surName>Scientist</surName>
</individualName>
<deliveryPoint>Department of Ecology</deliveryPoint>
<deliveryPoint>Fictitious State University</deliveryPoint>
<deliveryPoint>PO Box 111111</deliveryPoint>
<city>Ficity</city>
<postalCode>11111-1111</postalCode>
<role>principalInvestigator</role>
</personnel>
<personnel id="pers-130" system="FLS">
<individualName>
<givenName>Monica</givenName>
<givenName>D.</givenName>
<surName>Techy</surName>
</individualName>
<deliveryPoint>Department for Ecology</deliveryPoint>
<deliveryPoint>Fictitious State University</deliveryPoint>
<deliveryPoint>PO Box 111111</deliveryPoint>
<city>Ficity</city>
</project>