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Wildlife Health Diagnostic Database (DIAGDATA) Metadata


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Metadata:


Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: National Wildlife Health Center
Publication_Date: Unpublished Material
Title: Wildlife Health Diagnostic Database (DIAGDATA)
Description:
Abstract:
The diagnostics database is a computerized record of specimens (from serum samples to carcasses) sent to the National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) for processing and diagnostic workup. Data include history and recordkeeping information (identifier numbers, species, sex, submitter information, etc); types of tests run (virology, bacteriology, parasitology, chemistry, etc.) and some test results for heavy metals, particularly lead; and diagnostic results. The diagnostic coding system is based on SNOMED terminology, with certain modifications and additions to fit Center needs. SNOMED, the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine, is a structured nomenclature and classification of the terminology used in human and veterinary medicine. Terms are assigned in any or all of the following six categories for each diagnosis: topography - detailed anatomic term for the site of interest; morphology - information on the pathogenic change or process associated with the topography; etiology - cause or causal agent of the disease or dysfunction; disease - disease, disease entity or syndrome; link - qualifier to link one diagnosis to another.
Purpose:
DIAGDATA is a computerized record of samples sent to NWHC. It may not be a representative sample of mortality for any particular species or group; however, the database can be used to determine if a disease/syndrome existed. For example, the database can be used to document avian cholera in mallards in California at a particular location or time, but it cannot be used to say that there was more cholera in 1990 than in 1980, since the number of specimens submitted for diagnostic workup does not necessarily reflect the total number of mortalities. Individuals interested in documenting total mortalities should reference the Epizootiological Database (EPIZOO), also maintained at NWHC.
Supplemental_Information:
DIAGDATA is not currently accessible outside the Center. However, with assistance from appropriate Center personnel, searches of the database can be performed on request to the system manager. Interfaces to other portions of the overall NWHC wildlife mortality database (e.g. EPIZOO) are under development.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 197507
Ending_Date: present (ongoing)
Currentness_Reference: publication date
Status:
Progress: In work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: Continually
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -170.333
East_Bounding_Coordinate: - 52.667
North_Bounding_Coordinate:
+ 83.167ø (incl Canada) + 71.383ø (Alaska only)
South_Bounding_Coordinate: + 17.500
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Theme_Keyword: wildlife
Theme_Keyword: epizootics
Theme_Keyword: mortality
Theme_Keyword: morbidity
Theme_Keyword: diseases
Theme_Keyword: avian
Theme_Keyword: mammals
Theme_Keyword: endangered species
Theme_Keyword: birds
Theme_Keyword: wildlife health
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Place_Keyword:
range includes all 50 United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Irregular submissions have been received from other areas.
Temporal:
Temporal_Keyword: ongoing
Access_Constraints:
Outside electronic access to the database is not yet available. Access is limited to written requests for specific information, addressed to the primary contact person. In addition, certain information in the dataset may involve data required for pending litigation and cannot be provided to users.
Use_Constraints:
Specific use constraints will be identified/addressed at the time of the request. Acknowledgement of NWHC is required in products derived from this data.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Cathy Acker or Karen Cunningham
Contact_Organization: National Wildlife Health Center
Contact_Position: Diagnostic Database Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 6006 Schroeder Road
City: Madison
State_or_Province: WI
Postal_Code: 53711-6223
Country: U.S.A.
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 608-270-2431 , 608-270-2423
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 608-270-2415
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: cathy_acker, karen_cunningham (use suffix @usgs.gov)
Hours_of_Service: 8AM-4:30PM weekdays, U.S. Central Time, except holidays.
Contact_Instructions:
Please limit requests to written applications for specific data. (email accepted)
Data_Set_Credit:
The datafile was developed and is maintained by personnel at NWHC and is the result of years of diagnostic work by Center personnel. However, federal, state, local and private individuals have all been involved as contributors to the system and their assistance should not be ignored.
Security_Information:
Security_Classification_System: none
Security_Classification: Unclassified
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Version 5.0 (Build 2195) ; ESRI ArcCatalog 8.2.0.700
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: National Wildlife Health Center
Publication_Date: Unpublished Material
Title: Wildlife Mortality Database (EPIZOO)
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: College of American Pathologists
Publication_Date: 1993
Title:
SNOMED International: The Systematized Nomenclature of Human and Veterinary Medicine
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Northfield, IL
Publisher: College of American Pathologists
Other_Citation_Details: 4 volumes

Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
Data are verified upon completion by case pathologist. Random subsets of records are verified for all fields on an intermittent basis.
Logical_Consistency_Report:
Tests of valid values upon data entry. When all work is complete, an assigned pathologist/clinician is responsible for reviewing the information, verifying its accuracy, determining a final diagnosis and issuing a final report. A summary of this information is then incorporated into the master file and becomes a part of the permanent record.

Various NWHC standard operating procedures are utilized during data processing - interested individuals should reference the NWHC SOP manual for specifics. Contact the PROCESS CONTACT listed below for additional information.

Completeness_Report:
DIAGDATA is a computerized record of samples sent to NWHC; it may not be a representative sample of mortality for any particular species or group. The number of specimens submitted for diagnostic workup does not reflect the total number of mortalities. Individuals interested in documenting total mortalities should reference the Wildlife Mortality Database (EPIZOO), also maintained at NWHC.
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Federal, state and local agencies, private individuals and foreign governments have all been involved as contributors to the system; all have submitted samples and/or carcasses for diagnostic evaluation and have provided the history portion of the database.
Publication_Date: Unpublished Material
Title: Wildlife Health Diagnostics Database (DIAGDATA)
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: July, 1975
Ending_Date: ongoing
Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Wildlife specimens are received and logged into the system, then routed for diagnostic evaluation. At each step (necropsy, lab work, records), additional data is both manually and electronically incorporated into the file. When all tests are complete, an assigned pathologist/clinician is responsible for reviewing the information, verifying its accuracy, determining a final diagnosis and issuing a final report. A summary of this information is then incorporated into the master file and becomes a part of the permanent record.

Various NWHC standard operating procedures are utilized during data processing - interested individuals should reference the NWHC SOP manual for specifics. Contact the PROCESS CONTACT listed below for additional information.

Process_Date: 1975 to present (ongoing)
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Dr. Scott D.Wright
Contact_Organization: National Wildlife Health Center
Contact_Position: Branch Chief, Disease Investigations
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 6006 Schroeder Road
City: Madison
State_or_Province: WI
Postal_Code: 53711-6223
Country: U.S.A.
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 608-270-2460
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 608-270-2415
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: swright@usgs.gov
Hours_of_Service: 8AM-4:30PM weekdays, U.S.Central Time, except holidays.
Contact_Instructions:
Please limit requests to written applications for specific data. (Email is acceptable.)
Process_Step:
Process_Description: Metadata imported.
Time_of_Day: 12073600

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Indirect_Spatial_Reference: county FIPS

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Local:
Local_Description: Data are referenced to state and county names and FIPS codes.

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Overview_Description:
Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
A complete description of the data set is provided in the document referenced in 5.2.2 (Diagnostic Database Coding Dictionary), including field lengths, descriptions and attribute value indicators.
Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation:
Cleary, K.R. 1995. Diagnostic Database Coding Dictionary. National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, WI. 66 pp. (may be retrieved by sending a request to cathy_acker@usgs.gov OR karen_cunningham@usgs.gov )

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Cathy Acker or Karen Cunningham
Contact_Organization: National Wildlife Health Center
Contact_Position: Diagnostic Database Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 6006 Schroeder Road
City: Madison
State_or_Province: WI
Postal_Code: 53711-6223
Country: U.S.A.
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 608-270-2431 , 608-270-2423
 
 
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 608-270-2415
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: cathy_acker, karen_cunningham (use suffix @usgs.gov)
Hours_of_Service: 8AM-4:30PM weekdays, U.S. Central Time, except holidays.
Contact_Instructions:
Please limit requests to written applications for specific data. (Email is acceptable.)
Resource_Description:
The information can be referenced using the descriptor DIAGDATA to denote the Wildlife Health Diagnostics Database.
Distribution_Liability:
Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the National Wildlife Health Center, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the accuracy or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. This disclaimer applies both to individual use of the data and aggregate use with other data. It is strongly recommended that these data are directly acquired from a National Wildlife Health Center server, and not indirectly through other sources which may have changed the data in some way. It is also strongly recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of the metadata file associated with these data. The National Wildlife Health Center shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and/or contained herein.
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: MDB
Format_Version_Number: Microsoft Access 2000
Format_Specification: Windows 98/2000
File_Decompression_Technique: no compression applied
Transfer_Size: variable
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Offline_Option:
Offline_Media: CD-ROM
Recording_Capacity:
Recording_Density: 650Mb
Recording_Density_Units: megabytes
Fees: No fees are charged at this time.
Ordering_Instructions:
Written requests for specific information from the Wildlife Health Diagnostics Database (DIAGDATA) should be addressed to the primary contact person noted above.
Turnaround:
Requests for information will be processed in as timely a manner as possible. However, NWHC does reserve the right to rank requests in line with mission priorities, serving its primary Department of Interior clients first, and all response times are tied to the availablity of personnel to process and fulfill the request.
Available_Time_Period:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: Present

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20020718
Metadata_Review_Date: 20020718
Metadata_Future_Review_Date: 20030901
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Kate Cleary
Contact_Organization: National Wildlife Health Center
Contact_Position: Diagnostic Database Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 6006 Schroeder Road
City: Madison
State_or_Province: WI
Postal_Code: 53711-6223
Country: U.S.A.
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 608-270-2424
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 608-270-2415
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address:
Hours_of_Service: 8AM-4:30PM weekdays, U.S. Central Time, except holidays.
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
Metadata_Security_Information:
Metadata_Security_Classification_System: None
Metadata_Security_Classification: Unclassified
Metadata_Security_Handling_Description: None
Metadata_Extensions:
Online_Linkage: <http://www.esri.com/metadata/esriprof80.html>
Profile_Name: ESRI Metadata Profile
 

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