ModelArchiver—A program for facilitating the creation of groundwater model archives

Open-File Report 2017-1149



ModelArchiver is a program designed to facilitate the creation of groundwater model archives that meet the requirements of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) policy (Office of Groundwater Technical Memorandum 2016.02,, ModelArchiver version 1.0 leads the user step-by-step through the process of creating a USGS groundwater model archive. The user specifies the contents of each of the subdirectories within the archive and provides descriptions of the archive contents. Descriptions of some files can be specified automatically using file extensions. Descriptions also can be specified individually. Those descriptions are added to a readme.txt file provided by the user. ModelArchiver moves the content of the archive to the archive folder and compresses some folders into .zip files.

As part of the archive, the modeler must create a metadata file describing the archive. The program has a built-in metadata editor and provides links to websites that can aid in creation of the metadata. The built-in metadata editor is also available as a stand-alone program named FgdcMetaEditor version 1.0, which also is described in this report. ModelArchiver updates the metadata file provided by the user with descriptions of the files in the archive. An optional archive list file generated automatically by ModelMuse can streamline the creation of archives by identifying input files, output files, model programs, and ancillary files for inclusion in the archive.

Suggested Citation

Winston, R.B., 2018, ModelArchiver—A program for facilitating the creation of groundwater model archives: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1149, 15 p.,

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Purpose and Scope
  • Archive Structure
  • Creating Model Archives
  • FgdcMetaEditor
  • Examples of Modifications in .Archive Files
  • Modifications to ModelMuse to Support ModelArchiver
  • Summary
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. Structure of Archive List Files and ModelMuse Integration
  • References Cited in Appendix 1
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title ModelArchiver—A program for facilitating the creation of groundwater model archives
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2017-1149
DOI 10.3133/ofr20171149
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) National Research Program - Eastern Branch
Description Report: vi, 15 p.; Application Site
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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