All Environmental Public Health Tracking project data have metadata. Metadata is
information about data. If you are looking at asthma data, the metadata will tell
you that the available hospitalization data includes only those cases where Asthma
was the first listed diagnosis on the discharge summary, and it notes that the data
does not include hospitalizations by state residents who were hospitalized in the
federal hospital system (military and veterans hospitals) or who were hospitalized
outside of the state. The detailed background gives you some context so that it
is easier to understand the data. These metadata can be found in the “Notes” section,
displayed below any query results page on the portal.
Metadata exists in different forms. The View Basic Facts section is only metadata,
a place to learn about some of the data that is on the portal and how it relates
to your health and to the health of Washington state residents. The Washington Tracking
Network portal uses a formal metadata format, that is a subset of the national metadata
standard known as FGDC (for Federal Geographic Data Committee), in the Metadata
Metadata Search Tool
The Metadata Search Tool allows you to use keywords to search through metadata.
The keywords are specific to sections of the metadata. If your request includes
"drinking water" in the Origin field, it will return any data that was created by
the Drinking Water program but will not return data where the purpose is to assess
the leaching of metals into Drinking Water. You can select based on the date the
Enter the filter criteria you wish to use and click on the Submit Metadata Query
button. The search status page will be displayed with your search at the top. If
you are coming back to check on a search submitted earlier, click on the Check Query
Status button to go directly to the search status page.
The Metadata Search Tool is a database search. To use it, you create and submit
a search. The search is sent to the database for processing and when it is complete,
the database will post the result. Clicking on the "Check Query Status" button will
take you to a page that shows recent queries. You will see a message status of "queued"
as the database works on your request. Since the information on the displayed table
is not updated unless a new page is displayed, you should click on the "refresh"
button from time to time to see if the query has completed. Completing the query
usually takes less than a minute if the metadata is on the local system.
When the message status changes to “Success”, you can click on the View Metadata
button in the Results column. This allows you to look at all of the metadata that
matches your criteria. If the metadata describes what you were seeking, you can
click on the Retrieve Data button to send a request to the database to retrieve
the data. Once the data is retrieved, you can click on the Download Data button
to move it to your personal computer system.
If you want to look at the criteria entered previously, click on the View Filter