Metadata: North American Profile Committee Review February 1- March 16, 2007

INCITS Technical Committee L1, Geographic Information Systems, and the Canadian General Standards Board – Committee on Geomatics (CGSB-CoG) have released the draft North American Profile of ISO 19115: 2003, Geographic information - Metadata (NAP – Metadata) for review and ballot by their committee members. Review and comment from other metadata practitioners are also invited. Comments are critical to assure the Profile meets the needs of the geographic information community in both the United States and Canada.

The review period begins on February 1, 2007 and ends March 16, 2007 at 12:00 midnight Eastern Standard Time. The draft profile may be found at    Reviewers are strongly encouraged to complete the comment form (Word, Excel) using the instructions provided in FGDC Standards Directive #2d, Standards Working Group Review Guidelines: Review Comment Template.  Visit the ANSI eStandards Store to purchase a copy of ISO 19115:2003 ($30.00)

Comments resulting from the review will be adjudicated in mid-March. Editing will be completed by end of April. After the draft standard passes the INCITS L1 and the CGSB-CoG ballot, it will be submitted to the INCITS Secretariat and the CGSB for further processing, which includes a public review, to become approved and published as an American National Standard (ANS) and a Canadian National Standard simultaneously. The ANS will be known as the U.S. National Profile of ISO 19115:2003, Geographic information – Metadata. Following publication as an ANS, the U.S. National Profile will replace the current Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (Version 2.0), FGDC-STD-001-1998.

INCITS L1 and the CGSB-CoG develop parallel standards through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between ANSI and Standards Council of Canada (SCC). The CGSB is a federal government organization accredited by the SCC that offers client-centered, comprehensive standards development and conformity assessment services in support of the economic, regulatory, procurement, health, safety and environmental interests of Canadian stakeholders — government, industry and consumers. The CGSB-CoG is the technical committee responsible for the development and maintenance of unique National Standards in the area of geomatics. SCC will approve the North American Profile of ISO 19115:2003 and CGSB will publish it as the Canadian profile of ISO 19115:2003.

The content of the U.S. and Canadian versions will be identical. The American National Standard Institute (ANSI) has accredited the procedures of the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) to develop voluntary consensus standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). The U.S. participates in ANSI and ISO standardization activities for geographic information through INCITS Technical Committee L1. OMB Circular A-119 directs Federal agencies to participate in voluntary consensus standards bodies such as INCITS L1. To that end, the FGDC and member agencies have joined INCITS L1 as members.


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