Metadata catalogues for spatial data

ISO/TC211 standards used

ISO 19115 – Geographic information - Metadata
ISO/TS 19139 – Geographic information – Metadata – XML schema implementation
ISO 19119 – Geographic information - Services

How the standards are used in our processes/projects

A metadata catalogue contains metadata, i.e. information that describes content, availability and quality in data sets and services. The standards make sure the information in the catalogue are described in a unified way. 

In Sweden, a profile of the metadata standard has been developed to address the needs of the INSPIRE directive but also the additions we wanted to include in the national spatial data infrastructure. Authorities and other organizations describe their information in accordance with this profile and these metadata is published or harvested into the Swedish national metadata catalog which also constitutes the Swedish node for metadata within INSPIRE.

Benefits for the user

To find relevant spatial information on internet and even within the own organization can be difficult. The metadata catalogues are collecting structured information about data so that users, people and machines, more easily can search, find, look at and evaluate spatial data as well as the services operating on the data. When using international standards, metadata also can be collected from many metadata catalogues in many different countries, still ensuring correct and proper use and interpretation of the data.



Contact person
Fredrik Persäter, May 2020