Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Extensions for Remote Sensing Metadata

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The purpose of this standard is to provide extensions to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (also referred to hereafter as the Metadata Content Standard) for metadata describing geospatial data obtained from remote sensing. Efforts are being made to make these extensions compatible with the framework and content of the ISO metadata standard now undergoing the approval process, in order that the FGDC standard can be converted to ISO form for use as remote sensing extensions to the ISO standard.


These extensions define content standards for additional metadata, not defined in the Metadata Content Standard, that are needed to describe data obtained from remote sensing. They include metadata describing the sensor, the platform, the method and process of deriving geospatial information from the raw telemetry, and the information needed to determine the geographical location of the remotely sensed data. In addition, metadata to support aggregation, both the components of an aggregate data set and the larger collection of which a data item may be a member, will be supported.

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FGDC Standards  Working Group

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Date Custodian
1998-10-21  FGDC Standards Working Group
Public Review Draft
2000-12-21  FGDC Secretariat
FGDC-endorsed standard  2002-10-08