What are all these XML files that get created with my datasets?
Those contain auto-generated geospatial metadata. Metadata is "data about data".
When an XML file is automatically created along with a database, grid, voxel or map, you can be sure that it contains some useful information, with ISO 19115 standard tags, that can tell you who, where, and how the data was created.
- The Project Name field is automatically populated with the path and name of the Geosoft Project File (*.GPF) where the dataset was created. Since the folders in the path often are related the to the data, this can be useful information for when the dataset is moved around to other file systems and servers.
- The name of the data creator and the date are also recorded.
- Coordinate System information is available and is always synchronized with the Coordinate System of the dataset.
- "How" the dataset was created is often captured in the Lineage section. This can be used to easily identify a subset database or the type of gridding or filter that was used on a grid or voxel.
No harm will come from deleting these small text files, but if you keep them they may become a valuable reference to you when you need them.