A geospatial metadata record is a file of information, usually an XML document, which captures the basic characteristics of digital data such as GIS files, geospatial databases, and imagery. It represents the who, what, when, where, why and how of the resource. It can also be used to document other geospatial resources including data catalogs, mapping applications, and data models.
NC OneMap supports the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM), as approved by the North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC) in 1994. In 2014, the GICC approved another metadata standard based on the FGDC-endorsed ISO 191** (and associated) standards. North Carolina developed a "State and Local Government Metadata Profile", based on ISO, as the metadata standard for those government agencies.
NC OneMap-supported metadata standards:
- State and Local Government Metadata Profile (based on ISO 191** suite of standards)
- Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM)
ISO-Based State and Local Government Metadata Profile
The North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC) formally adopted the "State and Local Government Metadata Profile", based on the ISO 191** suite of geospatial metadata standards, as the current recommended standard for compliant geospatial metadata for North Carolina state agencies and local governments. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world’s foremost developer of voluntary international standards. By adopting the ISO series of standards, state agencies and local governments ensure their metadata will be published and searched in a consistent manner by agencies, organizations, and individuals throughout the world. Metadata creators are urged to transition from the CSDGM to ISO.
ISO Metadata Resources:
The XML metadata templates below are application-specific and are based on samples from the software listed. They can be imported into their respective applications to provide a starting point for metadata creation. The ISO metadata examples below show what profile-compliant metadata can look like. In addition, a how-to document using Esri's ArcGIS is available to guide users.
The resources below will help you create informative and relevant metadata. Good metadata supports your organization and helps everyone who may use your data.
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