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This list pertains to standards developed within the FGDC. Also see FGDC-endorsed external standards.
Standard Date Sponsor Document number Maintenance authority Comment
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version 2.0)
1998 FGDC FGDC-STD-001-1998 FGDC
The CSDGM will continue to have a legacy for many years. However, Federal policy (Circular A-119) directs agencies to use voluntary consensus standards, such as the ISO 19100 series of geospatial metadata standards, in lieu of government unique standards such as the CSDGM. As such, federal agencies are encouraged to transition to the ISO metadata standards ( http://www.fgdc.gov/metadata/geospatial-metadata-standards#fgdcendorsedisostandards).
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Part 1, Biological Data Profile
1999 Biological Data WG
FGDC-STD-001.1-1999
USGS Center for Biological Informatics

Content Standard for Digital Geosptial Metadata: Part 2, Metadata Profile for Shoreline Data
2001 Marine and Coastal Spatial Data SC
FGDC-STD-001.2-2001 NOAA Coastal Services Center The Subcommittee on Marine and Coastal Data will review the North American Profile of ISO 19115:2003, Geographic information – Metadata and the National Shoreline Data Content Standard to determine if the Metadata Profile for Shoreline Data requires any changes to harmonize with these two standards.
Spatial Data Transfer Standard (SDTS), Parts 1-7 - - FGDC-STD-002 various

SDTS Parts 1-7 were withdrawn in 2014

While "The SDTS had provided a common mechanism for transferring digital geospatial data among different systems and for sharing and integrating data from many diverse sources", Geography Markup Language (GML) now satisfies the encoding requirements that SDTS provided.

GML is an open, vendor-neutral eXtensible Markup Language (XML) encoding for transport and storage of geographic information.  It may be combined with other XML encodings that support varied data applications.  GML furnishes the default payload-encoding for transporting geographic features in Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Feature Services. GML was originally developed by OGC, which is an international industry consortium of nearly 500 companies, government agencies and universities that participate in a open consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards.  The OGC lists 40 organizations with 89 products with 95 implementations of GML 3.2.1. GML 3.2.1 was subsequently approved and published as an ISO standard (ISO being the International Organization for Standardization), ISO 19136:2007, and as an American National Standard.  The OGC lists 40 organizations with 89 products with 95 implementations of GML 3.2.1. The FGDC has endorsed GML 3.2.1.   GML 3.2.1 is also listed as a mandated standard in the Department of Defense Information Technology Standards Repository (DISR), which means that systems procured by the DoD must comply with GML.

Cadastral Data Content Standard
2008 Cadastral Data Subcommittee
FGDC-STD-003
Bureau of Land Management
Version 1.4
Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats in the United States
2013 Wetlands Subcommittee FGDC-STD-004-2013
Fish and Wildlife Service

The revised FGDC Wetlands Classification Standard has been formatted to be consistent with more recently endorsed FGDC Standards. The text has been edited, refined, clarified, and rewritten as necessary. Some portions were rewritten because the scientific foundation upon which the original classification (Cowardin et al. 1979) was developed has advanced. Changes were thoroughly vetted in the wetlands community. However, these changes are not extensive enough to demand that the draft standard go through all steps of the FGDC standards process.  

National Vegetation Classification Standard (Version 2) 2008 Vegetation Subcommittee
FGDC-STD-005-2008
Forest Service
Soil Geographic Data Standard 1997
Soils Subcommittee
FGDC-STD-006
Natural Resources Conservation Service

Geospatial Positioning Accuracy Standards, Part 1: Reporting Methodology 1998
Federal Geodetic Control Subcommittee
FGDC-STD-007.1-1998
National Geodetic Survey
Geospatial Positioning Accuracy Standards, Part 2: Standards for Geodetic Networks 1998
Federal Geodetic Control Subcommittee
FGDC-STD-007.2-1998
National Geodetic Survey

Geospatial Positioning Accuracy Standards, Part 3: National Standard for Spatial Data Accuracy
1998
Subcommittee for Base Cartographic Data (retired)
FGDC-STD-007.3-1998 USGS
Geospatial Positioning Accuracy Standards, Part 4: Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Facilities Management 2002 Facilities Working Group
FGDC-STD-007.4-2002
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Geospatial Positioning Accuracy Standards, Part 5: Standards for Nautical Charting Hydrographic Surveys 2005
Marine and Coastal Spatial Data SC
FGDC-STD-007.5-2005
Office of Coast Survey
Content Standard for Digital Orthoimagery 1999
Subcommittee for Base Cartographic Data (retired)
FGDC-STD-008-1999
USGS

Content Standard for Remote Sensing Swath Data 1999
Standards Working Group
FGDC-STD-009-1999
NASA

Utilities Data Content Standard 2000
Facilities Working Group
FGDC-STD-010-2000
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Content is now part of voluntary consensus standard ANSI INCITS 353-2006
Standard for a U.S. National Grid 2001
Standards Working Group FGDC-STD-011-2001
Public XY Project

Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Extensions for Remote Sensing Metadata 2002
Standards Working Group
FGDC-STD-012-2002
NASA

Digital Cartographic Standard for Geologic Map Symbolization 2006/08
Geologic Data Subcommittee
FGDC-STD-13-2006
USGS
Geographic information Framework Data Standard 2008/05  Standards Working Group  FGDC-STD-014-2008 Various Parts of this standard cover the following NGDA (Framework) themes: Cadastre; Imagery; Elevation; Geodetic Control; Governmental Units, and Administrative and Statistical Boundaries; Hydrography; and Transportation (Rail, Road, Transit, and Inland Waterways).

XML schemata for Framework Data Themes may be found at https://www.fgdc.gov/schemas/framework/

Wetlands Mapping Standard 2009/07 Wetlands Subcommittee FGDC-STD-015-2009 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard 2011/02 Subcommittee on Cultural and Demographic Data (disbanded)

URISA

NENA
FGDC-STD-016-2011 U.S. Census Bureau

XML schemata for Addresses may be found at https://www.fgdc.gov/schemas/address/

Federal Trails Data Standards 2011/11 Federal Trails Data Standards (FTDS) Team FGDC-STD-017-2011

National Park Service

Forest Service

Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) 2012/06 Marine and Coastal Spatial Data Subcommittee FGDC-STD-018-2012 NOAA
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