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 Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines (MGMG).

  • MME runs as a standalone executable program though it requires a Windows .NET framework.
  • MME is currently packaged for distribution as a portable application. A standard Windows install (.msi) file version is still being tested.

Portable Version


  • 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 accessed from Microsoft's website.
  • 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.

Setup Steps

  • 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.

Additional Notes

  • You shouldn't need special administrative privileges for the portable installation.
  • 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 drive
  • 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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