Exercise 2: Share metadata

You can export metadata from your drawing to an XML file with the extension .mtd. A linking file is also created and placed in the same location as the MTD file. You can set an Auto Update option in the Metadata Options dialog box. With this option on, the linking file remembers the location of the data and keeps the exported metadata current.

NoteThis exercise uses the map you created in Exercise 1: Create objects using object classes.

To export metadata

  1. In the Metadata Viewer, click Options (in the top-right area of the Metadata Viewer window).
  2. In the Metadata Options dialog box, click the Preference tab.
  3. Select the Auto Update When Selecting Data Source option.
  4. Click OK.
  5. In the Metadata Viewer, click Export (at the top of the Metadata Viewer window).
  6. In the Export Metadata dialog box, do the following:
    • Select All Items In and select the Object Classes check box.
    • For Location, click Browse and navigate to a folder for the exported metadata and link files.

      For example, navigate to the folder where you copied your tutorial files.

    • Click Export.

    Use object classes to organize the exported metadata.

Where you are now

You generated metadata that included object class information. You exported the metadata for the object classes.

To continue this tutorial, go to Lesson 7: Use Object Classes When Exporting.