The ISO standard for metadata (ISO 19115:2003 Geographic information - Metadata) is being adopted internationally and a number of communities have developed profiles of the ISO standard to better meet their needs. The AODCJF has developed the Marine Community Profile and the WMO is developing the WMO Core Profile. These profiles, together with the ISO standard will be discussed.

Primary Standards for Consideration

  1. ISO 19115 Geographic information - Metadata

  2. Marine Community Profile (MCP)

  3. WMO Core Metadata Profile

Additional Standards for Consideration




NOTE: All ISO documents will be available in hard copy during the workshop.

We have recently learned that the ISO 19139 schemas are publicly available now, both at ISO and at


  1. ISO 19106 - Geographic information � Profiles. ISO 19106 is intended to define the concept of a profile of the ISO geographic information standards developed by ISO/TC 211 and to provide guidance for the creation of such profiles.... These profiles can be standardized internationally using the ISO standardization process. This document also provides guidance for establishing, managing, and standardizing at the national level (or in some other forum).

  2. ISO 19115: Metadata - ISO 19115:2003 defines the schema required for describing geographic information and services. It provides information about the identification, the extent, the quality, the spatial and temporal schema, spatial reference, and distribution of digital geographic data.

  3. ISO 19115-2: Metadata - part 2 - Extensions for imagery and gridded data. Under development

  4. ISO 19139:Geographic information -- Metadata -- XML schema implementation. - ISO/TS 19139:2007 defines Geographic MetaData XML (gmd) encoding, an XML Schema implementation derived from ISO 19115.

  5. OpenGIS Catalogue Services Implementation Specification Version 2.0.2


    2. The OpenGIS Catalogue Services Specification defines common interfaces to discover, browse, and query metadata about data, services, and other potential resources.

  6. ebXML Registry Information Model (RIM) Version 2 & Version 3


    2. The RIM provides a blueprint or high-level scheme for the ebXML Registry�[including] information on the type of metadata that is stored in the Registry as well as the relationships among metadata classes.

  7. Inspire Metadata Implementing Rule, Version 3


    2. The proposed metadata implementation required by the INSPIRE directive. It is important that any metadata standard recommended by IODE/JCOMM meets the requirements of this directive.

  8. OGC Sensor Web Enablement


    2. Interoperability interfaces and metadata encodings that enable real time integration of heterogeneous sensor webs into the information infrastructure

  9. netCDF COARDS Climate and Forecast (CF) Metadata Conventions


    2. The CF conventions for climate and forecast metadata, designed to promote the processing and sharing of files created with the netCDF Application Programmer Interface [NetCDF], define metadata that provide a definitive description of what the data in each variable represents, and of the spatial and temporal properties of the data.


  11. FGDC CSDGM Remote Sensing Extension


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