ISO Geospatial Metadata Standards

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 In 1999 the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 211 Geographic Information / Geomatics was tasked to harmonize the FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM) with other formal and defacto standards that support the documentation of geospatial data and services. The resultant ISO 19115: Geographic information - Metadata standard was finalized in 2003 and endorsed by the FGDC in 2010. A series of additional ISO 191** standards have been developed to update, extend, and supplement the 19115 standard.

Publications of the ISO Geospatial Metadata Standard

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Technical and Formal Publications

ISO standards must be purchased. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) serves as the US member agency to ISO and provides easier access to the standards and, generally, at a lower cost.

  • ANSI eStandards Store - Search for an ‘INCITS/ISO’ version of the standard to get the best price, e.g. ‘INCITS/ISO 19115-1’ $133 (pdf) as of August 2015
  • ISO Store

Supporting Publications and Representations

ISO Geospatial Metadata Learning Resources and Guidance Documents

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ISO Suite of Standards

FGDC Presentations

Guidance Documents and Online Resources

ISO Metadata Training Programs

ISO Geospatial Metadata Tools

Metadata Creation

Metadata Publication