EML Best Practice recommendations have evolved over time. The most active contributors have been members of the LTER Information Managers Committee in multiple working groups and workshops. EML has been widely used for several years with multiple applications written against it, and the community has had the opportunity to observe the consequences of many content patterns. As much as possible, recommendations have been aligned with those experiences, as well as with the capability of data contributors.

Timeline and Previous Revisions

  • 2017 Best Practices for Dataset Metadata in EML v3 (this document)
  • 2016 EDI inception, see
  • 2011 EML Best Practices for LTER sites v2
  • 2008 EML 2.1 release
  • 2004 EML Best Practices for LTER sites
  • 2003 LTER adopts EML as network exchange standard

Contributors, including LTER EML Best Practices Working Groups and workshops in 2003, 2004, 2010 (alphabetical order):

  • Dan Bahauddin
  • Barbara Benson
  • Emery Boose
  • James Brunt
  • Duane Costa
  • Corinna Gries
  • Don Henshaw
  • Margaret O’Brien
  • Ken Ramsey
  • Inigo San Gil
  • Mark Servilla
  • Wade Sheldon
  • Philip Tarrant
  • Theresa Valentine
  • John Vande Castle,
  • Kristin Vanderbilt
  • Jonathan Walsh
  • Yang Xia