Metadata Collections & QA

NAP Earth and Life Sciences Collection

Collection Description and Purpose

The scope and purpose of the National Academies' Earth and Life Sciences DLESE collection is Earth sciences, with emphasis on public policy research. The collection contains items which demonstrate the application of science to solving real world problems, in the context of earth sciences. The National Academies provides unbiased research due to the institution's strong Conflict of Interest policy. Research reports are commissioned primarily by the federal government however, occasionally other institutions commission a report. The resources in this collection are all published by the National Academies Press and available for free to read online.

The National Academies Press (NAP) collection provides access to publications (books and reports) that express authoritative views on many Earth science topics. Topics include El-Nino, ozone, global warming, climate change, groundwater, earthquakes, sea-level rise, Florida Everglades restoration, coastal and marine geology, energy initiatives, environmental hazards and many more. The National Academies bring together committees of experts in all areas of science, medicine and engineering to address critical issues and to provide advice to the federal government and the public.

The collection is aligned with the DLESE Collections Scope and Policy Statement and the DLESE Collections Accession and De-accessioning Policy. The National Academies collection uses DLESE's current metadata format and provides all required metadata. The collection is directly searchable at:


Collection policy

The collection contains a broad range of Earth sciences research in relation to public policy from the National Academies that meet the goals of the DLESE collection; they are well researched, and scientifically accurate. National Academies' reports that are cataloged under an Earth sciences Library of Congress Subject Heading are flagged for this collection.

Contact information

Questions about the National Academies Press collection should be sent to Alphonse MacDonald ( Technical questions should be sent to Wendy McFarland (

Resource terms of use

Copyright © 2007 National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials on these pages are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. No part of these pages, either text or image may be used for any purpose other than personal use. Therefore, reproduction, modification, storage in a retrieval system or retransmission, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical or otherwise, for reasons other than personal use, is strictly prohibited without prior written permission.

Metadata terms of use

Metadata is copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences, 2007. DLESE may modify, reformat and redistribute metadata to function within DLESE systems and services.

Resource quality assurance

All resources from the National Academies are reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. Reports from the National Academies cover a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy. The National Academies are unique in that they attract the nation's leading experts in every field to serve on their blue ribbon panels and committees.

Metadata quality assurance

Quality of metadata is maintained by checking that fields are completely and accurately filled. Additionally, the metadata is checked for bad characters, which are then corrected when necessary.

Persistence plan for the collection

The collection is expected to continue indefinitely. The resources exist independently of the DLESE collection and will continue to be available as long as there is institutional support to make them available.


Last updated: 2007-09-06
Maintained by: Katy Ginger (, DLESE Metadata