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From: Jenny Bone ([email protected])
Date: Mon Jun 16 2003 - 09:42:22 EST

[message from Doug Nebert, FGDC]

Subject: ISO 19115 Available as International Standard

ISO 19115:2003 - Metadata was recently approved as an International Standard
and can be downloaded or acquired in hardcopy for a fee from the ISO

According to the ISO website:

"ISO 19115:2003 defines the schema required for describing geographic
information and services. It provides information about the identification,
the extent, the quality, the spatial and temporal schema, spatial reference,
and distribution of digital geographic data.

ISO 19115:2003 is applicable to:

the cataloguing of datasets, clearinghouse activities, and the full
description of datasets; geographic datasets, dataset series, and individual
geographic features and feature properties.

ISO 19115:2003 defines:

mandatory and conditional metadata sections, metadata entities, and metadata
elements; the minimum set of metadata required to serve the full range of
metadata applications (data discovery, determining data fitness for use,
data access, data transfer, and use of digital data); optional metadata
elements - to allow for a more extensive standard description of geographic
data, if required; a method for extending metadata to fit specialized needs.

Though ISO 19115:2003 is applicable to digital data, its principles can be
extended to many other forms of geographic data such as maps, charts, and
textual documents as well as non-geographic data."

A companion draft Technical Specification (ISO 19139, Committee Draft) is
also being prepared to specify how ISO metadata shall be encoded using the
Extensible Markup Language (XML) for exchange. The IS version of ISO 19115
does not include guidance on encoding metadata as it did in previous


Douglas D. Nebert
Geospatial Data Clearinghouse Coordinator 
FGDC/GSDI Secretariat	Phone: +1 703 648 4151	Fax: +1 703 648-5755