[ecoinfo] Metacat 1.8.1 released by the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity

Jing Tao tao at nceas.ucsb.edu
Thu Jun 12 17:06:24 PDT 2008

The Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB) project
(http://knb.ecoinformatics.org) is pleased to announce its new release of
Metacat (1.8.1). Metacat is a flexible database storage system for XML
formatted documents. The new release of Metacat can be downloaded from:


This release focuses on bug fixes. In this release, the problem that 
Metacat 1.8.0 and previous versions use illegitimate EML 2.0.1 schemas is 
addressed: first, Metacat 1.8.1 comes with legitimate EML 2.0.1 schemas; 
second, existing invalid EML 2.0.1 documents will be automatically fixed 
while maintaining their package ID during the Metacat 1.8.1 upgrading process.

Details please see:

Note: after upgrading the Metacat to version 1.8.1, some replication 
issues may be seen, e.g., the EML 2.0.1 documents from Metacat 1.8.0 or 
ealier verions may be rejected since Metacat 1.8.1 uses different EML 
2.0.1 schemas (see bug 3239). If this is case, Metacat administrators 
should notify their counterparts to upgrade previous version Metacats to 

The fixed bugs include:

*Character set (charset) problem when filling out form (Bug2797)
*Charset bug: > "less than" symbol does not display correctly (Bug2517)
*Metacat performance issue in Sanparks skin (Bug 3174)
*Metacat using illegitimate versions of EML schema (Bug 3239)
*Update older invalidated eml201 document in Metacat (Bug 3241)
*Verify existing token changes to skins (Bug 3176)
*The edit feature in the NCEAS Data Repoistory does not work (Bug 2644)
*Expose permission options for registry uploads (Bug 3014)
*ESA registry doesn't have LTER in login dropdown menu (Bug 2647)
*Data Catalog Map is slow when selecting (Bug2732)
*Only one attribute per element returned with pathquery results(Bug 2999)
*The field "skinconfigs" in the MetacatUtil class is public (Bug 3057)
*Generalize the reading of skin.configs in DBTransform (Bug3058)
*The query example in metacatquery.html document need to be changed (Bug3137)
*Add upload method into Metacat tour (Bug 3139)
*Query resultset doesn't show component name in kepler skin (Bug 3178)
*Add fields used in Morpho search to the default indexPaths property (Bug 3259)
*Private data cannot be downloaded from metadata display page (xsl) (Bug 3263)
*An error message happen during the metacat start up (Bug 3279)
*Replication: Timed replication failures occur twice instead of once (Bug 3304)
*Inline Data does not work correctly without the <pre> tag (Bug 3088)
*Include FGDC metadata in KNB and NCEAS skin search results (Bug 3146)
*User at referral ldap server couldn't login if another referral server is down (Bug 3352)

We hope that this software is useful to you. We welcome feedback and
comments that will make the application more useful in the future. Please
submit bugs and problems through our bug tracking system
(http://bugzilla.ecoinformatics.org) and send general feedback to
'metacat-dev at ecoinformatics.org'.

The Metacat Development Team
Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity Project

Jing Tao
National Center for Ecological
Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
735 State St. Suite 204
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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