Published November 12, 2021 | Version v1.0.0
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SOP iFDO Creation

  • 1. GEOMAR


The purpose of this Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is to document the necessary steps to create FAIR Digital Objects for images (iFDOs) containing standardized metadata for marine research images (photos and videos).

The goal of this document is to enable all stakeholders to create iFDO files according to their research needs and use cases and to provide hints as to how the iFDO creation can be conducted by open source software.

The scope of this SOP includes the steps from collecting general project information on the image acquisition, the documentation of acquisition steps and the image and metadata curation steps. Included in the iFDOs can be information on the purpose of imaging, on the semantics of objects in the images, on image capture specifics and much more. This SOP provides context and guidance for all of those.

Completing the SOP will result in metadata for image data sets that adheres to the international iFDO standard, that enables efficient analysis and browsing of large image data sets in tools like QGIS and BIIGLE.



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