Retiring a metadata field (Bathymetry Solution)

Once you have created at least one BIS geodatabase, you can link bathymetry data to the BIS geodatabase and associate metadata to the bathymetry data. ArcGIS for Maritime:Bathymetry allows you to retire existing metadata fields from your extended or collection metadata schema so that they are no longer used in the Manage Collections and Add Bathymetry dialog boxes and the Explore Bathymetry and Compose Surface windows. Metadata fields are never deleted from your metadata schema and can be restored at any time at your discretion. Upon retiring a particular field, values populated within that field for a given collection, dataset or datasets, are not removed. Upon restoring a field, these values will once again become available to view, filter, and sort by.

The following steps provide an example of how to retire a metadata field in the Manage Collections dialog box, but you can follow these steps to retire any extended or collection metadata field.

If you use multiple BIS geodatabases that require custom metadata, you will need to make changes to the metadata files for each of those BIS geodatabases individually.

In the event that you need to make any major configuration changes to either your collection or extended metadata schema, it is recommended that you make a backup copy so you can revert to your prior configuration if necessary. The location of your current metadata schema can be found on the System Settings tab under BIS Paths.

  1. Start ArcMap.
  2. On the main menu, click Customize > Toolbars > Bathymetry.
  3. Click the Manage BIS Settings button Manage BIS Settings on the Bathymetry toolbar.

    The Manage BIS Settings dialog box appears. The settings for your active BIS geodatabases are shown in the dialog box.

    Manage BIS Settings dialog box
  4. Click the Metadata tab.
    Metadata tab
  5. Click the ellipsis (…) next to the appropriate option to configure the schema for either the extended or collection metadata.

    The appropriate metadata configuration editor dialog box appears.

    Collection Metadata Configuration Editor dialog box
  6. In this example, the collection metadata is edited.

  7. Right-click the field you want to retire and click Retire.

    If your field was previously marked as searchable, in addition to no longer appearing in the Manage Collections and Add Bathymetry dialog boxes, it will now also no longer appear in the Explore Bathymetry or Compose Surface windows.


    In addition to retiring fields, you can also toggle the visibility of these retired fields if you want to observe any retired fields that are part of your schema by checking the Show retired fields check box.

  8. You have the following options:

    To update your schema, but continue working in the Metadata Configuration Editor dialog box

    Click Apply.

    To update your schema and close the Metadata Configuration Editor dialog box

    Click OK.

    To discard the changes you made

    Click Cancel.


    Clicking Cancel will not discard or reverse changes that have been applied.

  9. Click OK to save and close the metadata configuration editor.

    Although the metadata configuration editor will update immediately, for the schema change to be reflected in other dialog boxes and windows where this field is visible, such as the Manage Collections and Add Bathymetry dialog boxes and the Explore Bathymetry and Compose Surface windows, you will need to close and restart ArcMap to see the applied changes.

  10. Close ArcMap.
  11. Start ArcMap.
  12. Click the Manage Collections button Manage Collections on the Bathymetry toolbar.

    The Manage Collections dialog box appears.

The field display will no longer show the field you retired.