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ISO Geospatial Metadata Implementation Forum

The Federal Geographic Data Committee will host a monthly webinar information series for the presentation and discussion of ISO implementation shared experiences, strategies, topics, and resources. NSDI Stakeholders from all sectors will lead a one hour presentation followed by a 30 minute guided discussion. The schedule and topics are listed below and the presentation slides and related resources will be added to the website following each presentation. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Jennifer Carlino, FGDC Metadata Coordinator at


The second Wednesday of each month, 3:00-4:30 PM (E)

Alternating with the Metadata Working Group Quarterly Meetings held at 3 PM (E) on the second Wednesday of March, June, September and December

  • Phone: 703.648.4848 / Toll Free: 855.547.8255; Code: 26246184#
  • Webex:; Select "(50) FGDC ISO Implementation Forum/Metadata Working Group"

2016 Presentation Topics

January 13, 2016 - 3:00 PM (E)

  • NASA’s Implementation of ISO 19115: the Common Metadata Repository (Agenda)
    Abstract: NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) generates, archives, and distributes enormous amounts of Earth Science data via its Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs). This data is accessed and employed by a broad user community. It is therefore imperative that reliable, consistent, and high-quality metadata be maintained in order to enable accurate cataloging, discovery, accessibility, and interpretation. To this end, the Common Metadata Repository (CMR) has been established to serve as a clearing house for these metadata. The CMR employs a metadata model that unifies crosswalk translations between various metadata formats including ISO 19115. This presentation will focus on the usage of ISO 19115 within the CMR including format translations, metadata guidance for new implementers, addressing issues encountered during the CMR model development, and future plans.
  • Webinar Materials
    • Introduction to the Forum (PDF)
      Jennifer Carlino, FGDC
    • NASA’s Implementation of ISO 19115: the Common Metadata Repository (PDF)
      Kathleen Baynes, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    • Recording MP4 Format (24MB)

February 10, 2016 - 3:00 PM (E)

  • Metadata for the INSPIRE Directive in Europe (Agenda)
    Abstract: The INSPIRE Directive (in Europe) lays down general rules to establish an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe for the purposes of Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment. Implementing Rules (IR, legal acts) have been created in various areas on what member state must fulfil in various areas related to the INSPIRE SDI. One of these Implementing rules is on metadata. The presentation will describe the IR Metadata and how this has been implemented within EU. Some of the topics are: how to handle multilingual GeoPortals, manage data-service coupling, understanding the intentions of standards (when they were written) and some issues on using standards from ISO and OGC together.
  • Webinar Materials
    • Introduction to the Forum (PDF)
      Jennifer Carlino, FGDC
    • Metadata for the INSPIRE Directive in Europe (PDF)
      Michael Östling, working on Metadata strategies and Geoportals for the Swedish NSDI and also coordinator for the update of Technical Guidelines Metadata for INSPIRE.
    • Recording MP4 Format (50MB)


March 9, 2016 - 3:00 PM (E)

2015 Presentation Topics

January 14, 2015 - 3:00 PM (E)

Febuary 11, 2015 - 3:00 PM (E)

  • ISO 19115-3 XML Schema - Learn more about the scope and status of the ISO 19115-3 XML schema that will be used to format ISO 19115-1 metadata records.

March 11, 2015 - 3:00 PM (E)

April 8, 2015 - 3:00 PM (E)

  • OpenGeoMetadata (PDF) – Kim Durante and Jack Reed, Stanford University Libraries - Learn about OpenGeoMetadata - a multi-institutional geospatial metadata repository implemented in GitHub          

May 13, 2015 - 3:00 PM (E)

June 10, 2015 - 3:00 PM (E)

July 8, 2015 - 3:00 PM (E)

August 12, 2015 - 3:00 PM (E)

September 9, 2015 - 3:00 PM (E)

October 14, 2015 - 3:00 PM (E)

  • State Experiences with ISO Metadata (Agenda) - ISO Profiles, Implementation of ISO in State Clearinghouses, and potential application of ISO metadata standards and next generation 911 emergency system in progress at State agencies
  • Webinar Materials

November 18, 2015 - 3:00 PM (E) (third Wednesday due to Veteran’s Day Holiday)

December 9, 2015 - 3:00 PM (E)


2014 Presentation Topics

January 8, 2014 - 3:00 PM (E)

February 12, 2014 - 3:00 PM (E)

March 12, 2014 - 3:00 PM (E)

April 9, 2014 - 3:00 PM (E)

May 14, 2014 - 3:00 PM (E)

June 11, 2014 - 3:00 PM (E)

July 9, 2014 - 3:00 PM (E)

  • ISO Metadata Implementation Model Workflow
    Overview of the Model Workflow and its application to data management organizations
  • Webinar Materials:

August 13, 2014 - 3:00 PM (E)

  • ISO Metadata Implementation Model Workflow Experience
    Implementers discuss their implementation experience, the workflow components that were most significant and resources they developed to support implementation
  • Webinar Materials:

September 10, 2014 - 3:00 PM (E)

October 8, 2014 - 3:00 PM (E)

  • Developing Metadata Profiles
    Implementers discuss their experience in developing metadata profiles
  • Webinar Materials:
    • Agenda (PDF) 
    • North Carolina State and Local Government Metadata Profile (ISO & CSDGM) (PDF) 
      Steve Averett, GISP, City of Greensboro and Sarah Wray, GISP, NC Department of Transportation
    • Defense Installation Spatial Data Infrastructure (DISDI) Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure, and Environment Metadata (SDSFIE-M) (PDF) 
      Kurt Buehler, Image Matters LLC
    • Recording MP4 Format (30MB)

November 12, 2014 - 3:00 PM (E)

  • Transforming Your CSDGM Metadata to ISO
    Learn how to transform your CSDGM metadata to ISO format using resources developed and distributed by the NOAA Coastal Data Development Center.
  • Webinar Materials:
    • Agenda (PDF) 
    • Presentation (PDF) - Kathy Martinolich and Jaqueline Mize 
      Radiance Technologies/NOAA Coastal Data Development Center
    • Recording MP4 Format (14MB)

December 10, 2014 - 3:00 PM (E)

  • Meeting cancelled.

Additional Potential Topics

  • Development of a Community Profile of ISO Metadata
  • Transforming CSDGM Records to ISO
  • Strategies for Converting Your CSDGM Metadata Collection to ISO

If interested in suggesting a topic, presenting during the forum, or more information, contact: Jennifer Carlino, FGDC Metadata Coordinator, or send an email to


Last Updated: Mar 04, 2016 05:17 PM
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