Standards publications

Standards developed internally by FGDC

External Standards Publications

Standards developed internally by FGDC

For FGDC-endorsed internally developed standards, select from the following list.  The standards are not copyrighted and are free of charge.

Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata

Spatial Data Transfer Standard (SDTS)

  • Parts 1-4, FGDC-STD-002.1
  • Part 5: Raster Profile with Basic Image Interchange Format (BIIF) Extension, FGDC-STD-002.5
  • Part 6: Point Profile, FGDC-STD-002.6
  • Part 7: Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Profile, FGDC-STD-002.7-2000

Cadastral Data Content Standard, FGDC-STD-003

Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats in the United States, FGDC-STD-004

National Vegetation Classification Standard (Version 2.0), FGDC-STD-005-2008

Soil Geographic Data Standard, FGDC-STD-006

Geospatial Positioning Accuracy Standards

Content Standard for Digital Orthoimagery, FGDC-STD-008-1999

Content Standard for Remote Sensing Swath Data, FGDC-STD-009-1999

Utilities Data Content Standard, FGDC-STD-010-2000

Standard for a U.S. National Grid, FGDC-STD-011-2001

Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Extensions for Remote Sensing Metadata, FGDC-STD-012-2002

Digital Cartographic Standard for Geologic Map Symbolization, FGDC-STD-013-2006

Geographic Information Framework Data Standard

Wetlands Mapping Standard, FGDC-STD-015-2009

United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard, FGDC-STD-016-2011 

Federal Trails Data Standard, FGDC-STD-017-2011

Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard, FGDC-STD-018-2012

External Standards Publications

For FGDC-endorsed standards, visit

ISO and ANSI standards

ISO and ANSI standards may be purchased through the ANSI eStandards Store.  These standards are copyrighted.

OGC standards

Standards developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium may be downloaded via OpenGIS® Specifications (Standards) | OGC® at no cost.  OGC standards are copyrighted.