Over the last few days I have been working with a great newly released metadata editor tool developed by our good friends over at Innovate!
It's based on the Coeur d'Alene Tribe "3-Tab" editor, and provides a customized environment which is database-driven and customizable for an Agency's needs, as well as highlighting some elements which are not mandatory for FGDC CSDGM compliance, but which are mandatory for Agency profile compliance above and beyond FGDC requirements.
The tool integrates seamlessly with ArcCatalog and also provides a validation tool, to ensure compliance with the Agency profile.
Tab 1: Basic Dataset Information
Tab 2: Quality, Coordinate System and Attribute Information
Tab 3: Distribution & Metadata Information
In just a matter of minutes, it's fairly easy to generate a complete, compliant metadata record, which passes validation in metaparser (mp).