MME Requirements and Setup Instructions
These instructions are to set up the Minnesota Metadata
Editor (MME) which allows users to view and edit metadata
(documentation) using the
Metadata Guidelines (MGMG).
- MME runs as a standalone executable program though it requires a Windows
- MME is currently packaged for distribution as a portable application. A
standard Windows install (.msi) file version is still being tested.
- Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
- In order to run MME, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 must be installed
on your machine.
- Determine if the .NET Framework is on your machine by going to
Start->Control Panel->Add or Remove Programs.
- You should see Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 listed.
- Multiple versions of Microsoft .Net Framework (e.g., 1,2,3) may
exist on your machine simultaneously.
- Microsoft's .NET Framework 3.5 is freely available and can be
- Microsoft Access Database (if editing)
- The application itself does not require Microsoft Access installed
on the local computer in order to run, although the application is
data-driven using an Access database, metadata.mdb.
- Access is required, however, in order to edit the database, for
example, if you need to edit the database to assign default values that
apply to your particular agency or group.
- Once edited, the program can be distributed to other machines that
do not have Access installed.
- Unzip the
download file. Open the MMEPortable folder. All necessary
files are in the Minnesota Metadata Editor folder. You may place the folder
anywhere you wish.
- To run the program, double-click on the MetadataEditor.exe file, found
in the Minnesota Metadata Editor folder.
- The application uses \portable\metadata.mdb as its source database. This
database can be shared among several users if needed.
- You shouldn't need special administrative privileges for the portable
- The application needs no installation and uses one copy of the
application database for anyone who runs the application. Nothing is
installed or modified on the machine running the program. All files are kept
in the folder containing the application.
- In portable mode, you can:
- place the application folder on a network drive
- edit the database for your agency's default values
- have multiple users run the application directly from the network
- Bear in mind security restrictions may limit the sort of things you can
do from a network drive. For example, since the help file consists of HTML
pages, it can't be viewed directly on a network, nor can the application's
Access database be directly edited when it resides on a network drive. These
restrictions don't apply to a USB or local drive copy.
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