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Sample metadata file

This gis_sdi_sample_xml_reference_20130718.xml is used as reference in all descriptions contained in this page. It describes a dataset containing the version 13 of Corine Land Cover changes over the period 1990-2000 in vectorial format.

General guidelines

Direct links to the metadata elements requiring attention (editing or deletion)

Detailed analysis of the sample metadata file

This section reviews every single metadata element in the order in which they appear in the attachment:"gis_sdi_sample_xml_reference.xml" which has been generated using Geonetwork v2.5 and manually edited afterwards (the order of the xml elements remained unchanged during this editing).

MD_Metadata/fileIdentifier

Extract

    <gmd:fileIdentifier xmlns:gmx="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/gmx" xmlns:srv="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/srv">
        <gco:CharacterString>e76fa281-0341-42cb-913c-0bc1fbe051fc</gco:CharacterString>
    </gmd:fileIdentifier>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.1 p38 Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • The file identifier value does not need to be edited manually as this identifier will be overwritten automatically at time of first import of the metadata file into Geonetwork.
  • This metadata element does not require any editing.

MD_Metadata/language

Extract

    <gmd:language>
        <gmd:LanguageCode codeList="http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/" codeListValue="eng">eng</gmd:LanguageCode>
    </gmd:language>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.11.3 p49 Mandatory
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.1 p38 Conditional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • All metadata records shall be written in English therefore this element does not need to be edited.
  • The codelist to be used has been updated in v1.2 of the Inspire metadata IR. Geonetwork is still creating records with the previous codelist located at http://standards.iso.org
  • This metadata element does not require any editing.

MD_Metadata/characterSet

Extract

    <gmd:characterSet>
        <gmd:MD_CharacterSetCode codeList="" codeListValue="utf8"/>
    </gmd:characterSet>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.1 p38 Conditional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • The character coding standard used for the metadata set shall be utf8.
  • This metadata element does not require any editing.

MD_Metadata/hierarchyLevel

Extract

    <gmd:hierarchyLevel>
        <gmd:MD_ScopeCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#MD_ScopeCode" codeListValue="dataset"/>
    </gmd:hierarchyLevel>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.2.3 p16 Mandatory
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.1 p38 Conditional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • We are only considering metadata of datasets (no services or series)
  • This metadata element does not require any editing.

MD_Metadata/contact

Extract

    <gmd:contact>
        <gmd:CI_ResponsibleParty>
            <gmd:organisationName>
                <gco:CharacterString>European Environment Agency</gco:CharacterString>
            </gmd:organisationName>
            <gmd:contactInfo>
                <gmd:CI_Contact>
                    <gmd:address>
                        <gmd:CI_Address>
                            <gmd:deliveryPoint>
                                <gco:CharacterString>Kongens Nytorv 6</gco:CharacterString>
                            </gmd:deliveryPoint>
                            <gmd:city>
                                <gco:CharacterString>Copenhagen</gco:CharacterString>
                            </gmd:city>
                            <gmd:administrativeArea>
                                <gco:CharacterString>K</gco:CharacterString>
                            </gmd:administrativeArea>
                            <gmd:postalCode>
                                <gco:CharacterString>1050</gco:CharacterString>
                            </gmd:postalCode>
                            <gmd:country>
                                <gco:CharacterString>Denmark</gco:CharacterString>
                            </gmd:country>
                            <gmd:electronicMailAddress>
                                <gco:CharacterString>mauro.michielon@eea.europa.eu</gco:CharacterString>
                            </gmd:electronicMailAddress>
                        </gmd:CI_Address>
                    </gmd:address>
                </gmd:CI_Contact>
            </gmd:contactInfo>
            <gmd:role>
                <gmd:CI_RoleCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#CI_RoleCode" codeListValue="pointOfContact"/>
            </gmd:role>
        </gmd:CI_ResponsibleParty>
    </gmd:contact>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.11.1 Mandatory
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.1 p32 (links to Sec. B.3.2 p85) Mandatory
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • This element refers to the metadata point of contact.
  • We place as default value the responsible for metadata about spatial datasets newly published on the EEA website (Mauro who is working in SES2). This might be adjusted in future.
  • This metadata element does not require any editing.

MD_Metadata/dateStamp

Extract

    <gmd:dateStamp>
        <gco:DateTime xmlns:gmx="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/gmx" xmlns:srv="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/srv">2010-07-06T16:53:21</gco:DateTime>
    </gmd:dateStamp>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.11.2 p48 Mandatory
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.1 p38 (links to Sec. B.4.2 p91) Mandatory
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • This elements refers to the metadata creation date.
  • As some metadata elements are updated automatically when the metadata record is inserted into the catalogue, this date is considered as being the date of insertion into our catalogue and will be generated automatically by Geonetwork.
  • This metadata element does not require any editing.

MD_Metadata/metadataStandardName

Extract

    <gmd:metadataStandardName>
        <gco:CharacterString xmlns:gmx="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/gmx" xmlns:srv="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/srv">ISO 19115:2003/19139</gco:CharacterString>
    </gmd:metadataStandardName>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.1 p38 Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • This metadata element is generated automatically by Geonetwork and any modification will be overwritten by Geonetwork.
  • This metadata element does not require any editing.

MD_Metadata/metadataStandardVersion

Extract

    <gmd:metadataStandardVersion>
        <gco:CharacterString xmlns:gmx="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/gmx" xmlns:srv="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/srv">1.0</gco:CharacterString>
    </gmd:metadataStandardVersion>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.1 p38 (modified in ISO 19115:2003/Cor.1:2006) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • This metadata element is generated automatically by Geonetwork and any modification will be overwritten by Geonetwork.
  • This metadata element does not require any editing.

MD_Metadata/referenceSystemInfo/*/referenceSystemIdentifier

Extract

  <gmd:referenceSystemInfo>
    <gmd:MD_ReferenceSystem>
      <gmd:referenceSystemIdentifier>
        <gmd:RS_Identifier>
          <gmd:code>
            <gco:CharacterString>urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:7.1:3035</gco:CharacterString>
          </gmd:code>
          <gmd:codeSpace>
            <gco:CharacterString>OGP Surveying & Positioning Committee</gco:CharacterString>
          </gmd:codeSpace>
        </gmd:RS_Identifier>
      </gmd:referenceSystemIdentifier>
    </gmd:MD_ReferenceSystem>
  </gmd:referenceSystemInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.7.3 p65 (modified in ISO 19115:2003/Cor.1:2006) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • The Coordinate Reference System shall be referred to with its EPSG code (the spatial reference website provides a search interface to the EPSG database).
  • When there is not any EPSG code to describe a CRS, the CRS shall be described in the metadata. Contact Paul Hasenohr for further details.
  • In this example, the EPSG code used is 3035 (urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:7.1:3035) which corresponds to a Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area 52N 10E projection based on ETRS89 datum.
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/citation/*/title

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
        <gmd:citation>
            <gmd:CI_Citation>
                <gmd:title>
                    <gco:CharacterString>Corine Land Cover 1990 - 2000 changes (vector) - version 13, Feb. 2010</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:title>
                                     <!-- [.....................] -->
            </gmd:CI_Citation>
        </gmd:citation>
    </gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
</gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.2.1 p14 Mandatory
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.3.2 p85) Mandatory
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • The title should be self-explanatory and should not contain acronyms unless they are widely known. In any case, should an acronym be used in the title, it shall be made explicit in the abstract.
  • For datasets with versions (directory name containing the dataset ending with _revXX), the version number and the dataset creation date shall be added at the end of the title, separated from the title with a space followed with an hyphen and a space as shown in the example (Corine Land Cover 1990 - 2000 changes - version 13, Feb. 2010)
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/citation/*/date (publication)

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
        <gmd:citation>
            <gmd:CI_Citation>
                                     <!-- [.....................] -->
                <gmd:date>
                    <gmd:CI_Date>
                        <gmd:date>
                            <gco:Date>2010-06-01</gco:Date>
                        </gmd:date>
                        <gmd:dateType>
                            <gmd:CI_DateTypeCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#CI_DateTypeCode" codeListValue="publication"/>
                        </gmd:dateType>
                    </gmd:CI_Date>
                </gmd:date>
                                     <!-- [.....................] -->
            </gmd:CI_Citation>
        </gmd:citation>
    </gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
</gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.6.2 p31 Conditional (at least one of temporal extent, date of creation, publication or last revision)
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.3.2 p85) Conditional (at least one of date of creation, publication or last revision)
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Conditional: only for datasets published on the EEA website (http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/data)

Important notes

  • The date of publication shall only be present for datasets which are already published on the EEA website.
  • For datasets which are not published on the EEA website, this metadata element shall be removed.
  • This metadata element requires editing or deletion.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/citation/*/date (creation)

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
        <gmd:citation>
            <gmd:CI_Citation>
                                     <!-- [.....................] -->
                <gmd:date>
                    <gmd:CI_Date>
                        <gmd:date>
                            <gco:Date>2010-06-01</gco:Date>
                        </gmd:date>
                        <gmd:dateType>
                            <gmd:CI_DateTypeCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#CI_DateTypeCode" codeListValue="creation"/>
                        </gmd:dateType>
                    </gmd:CI_Date>
                </gmd:date>
                                     <!-- [.....................] -->
            </gmd:CI_Citation>
        </gmd:citation>
    </gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
</gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.6.4 p33 Conditional (at least one of temporal extent, date of creation, publication or last revision)
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.3.2 p85) Conditional (at least one of date of creation, publication or last revision)
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • The date of creation shall be equal to the date of publication for datasets which are already published on the EEA website.
  • For datasets which are not published on the EEA website, this date might be retrieved from the metadata file generated by the EEA metadata editor which could be available together with the dataset. If no suitable creation date can be found, it shall default to 1950-06-01.
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/citation/*/edition

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
        <gmd:citation>
            <gmd:CI_Citation>
                                     <!-- [.....................] -->
                <gmd:edition>
                    <gco:CharacterString>13</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:edition>
                                     <!-- [.....................] -->
            </gmd:CI_Citation>
        </gmd:citation>
    </gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
</gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.3.2 p85) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Conditional: only for datasets with a revision number (directory name ending in _revXX)

Important notes

  • If the dataset has a revision number (such as the Corine Land Cover changes 1990-2000 version 13), this revision number shall be written in this metadata element.
  • This metadata element requires editing or deletion.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/citation/*/identifier

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
        <gmd:citation>
            <gmd:CI_Citation>
                                     <!-- [.....................] -->
                <gmd:identifier>
                    <gmd:RS_Identifier>
                        <gmd:code>
                            <gco:CharacterString>eea_v_3035_100_k_clc-changes_1990-2000_rev13</gco:CharacterString>
                        </gmd:code>
                    </gmd:RS_Identifier>
                </gmd:identifier>
            </gmd:CI_Citation>
        </gmd:citation>
    </gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
</gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.2.5 p18 Mandatory
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.3.2 p85) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • This identifier shall be unique and ideally meaningful.
  • This identifier shall be set to the directory name (written according to this convention) in which the dataset is contained.
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/abstract

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:abstract>
            <gco:CharacterString>Corine Land Cover 1990 - 200 changes - version 13 (02/2010) is one of the datasets produced within the frame the Corine Land Cover programme referring to land cover / land use changes between year 1990 and 2000. The Corine Land Cover (CLC) is an European programme, coordinated by the European Environment Agency (EEA), providing consistent information on land cover and land cover changes across Europe.
CLC products are based on the photointerpretation of satellite images by the national teams of the participating countries - the EEA member or cooperating countries. The resulting national land cover inventories are further integrated into a seamless land cover map of Europe. The resulting European database is based on standard methodology and nomenclature with following base parameters: - 44 classes in the hierarchical 3-level Corine nomenclature - minimum mapping unit (MMU) for status layers is 25 hectares - minimum width of linear elements is 100 metres - minimum mapping unit (MMU) for Land Cover Changes (LCC) for change layers is 5 hectares CLC programme provides important data sets supporting the implementation of key priority areas of the Environment Action Programmes of the European Community as protecting ecosystems, halting the loss of biological diversity, tracking the impacts of climate change, assessing developments in agriculture and implementing the EU Water Framework Directive etc.
CLC programme is also a part of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES http://gmes.info) initiative, run by the European Commission and the European Space Agency, which will provide environmental information from a combination of air- and space-based observation systems and in-situ monitoring. More about the Corine Land Cover (CLC) programme and datasets can be found at http://www.eea.europa.eu/</gco:CharacterString>
        </gmd:abstract>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
<gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.2.2 p15 Mandatory
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 Mandatory
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • When the text is imported from a previous metadata record or from the EEA website, the dataset name in the abstract (if present) might need some editing.
  • Acronyms should be written in full when first used.
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/pointOfContact (point of contact)

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:pointOfContact>
            <gmd:CI_ResponsibleParty>
                <gmd:organisationName>
                    <gco:CharacterString>European Environment Agency</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:organisationName>
                <gmd:contactInfo>
                    <gmd:CI_Contact>
                        <gmd:address>
                            <gmd:CI_Address>
                                <gmd:deliveryPoint>
                                    <gco:CharacterString>Kongens Nytorv 6</gco:CharacterString>
                                </gmd:deliveryPoint>
                                <gmd:city>
                                    <gco:CharacterString>Copenhagen</gco:CharacterString>
                                </gmd:city>
                                <gmd:administrativeArea>
                                    <gco:CharacterString>K</gco:CharacterString>
                                </gmd:administrativeArea>
                                <gmd:postalCode>
                                    <gco:CharacterString>1050</gco:CharacterString>
                                </gmd:postalCode>
                                <gmd:country>
                                    <gco:CharacterString>Denmark</gco:CharacterString>
                                </gmd:country>
                                <gmd:electronicMailAddress>
                                    <gco:CharacterString>eea.enquiries@eea.europa.eu</gco:CharacterString>
                                </gmd:electronicMailAddress>
                            </gmd:CI_Address>
                        </gmd:address>
                        <gmd:onlineResource>
                            <gmd:CI_OnlineResource>
                                <gmd:linkage>
                                    <gmd:URL>http://www.eea.europa.eu</gmd:URL>
                                </gmd:linkage>
                                <gmd:protocol>
                                    <gco:CharacterString>WWW:LINK-1.0-http--link</gco:CharacterString>
                                </gmd:protocol>
                                <gmd:name>
                                    <gco:CharacterString>Europen Environment Agency public website</gco:CharacterString>
                                </gmd:name>
                                <gmd:function>
                                    <gmd:CI_OnLineFunctionCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#CI_OnLineFunctionCode" codeListValue="information"/>
                                </gmd:function>
                            </gmd:CI_OnlineResource>
                        </gmd:onlineResource>
                    </gmd:CI_Contact>
                </gmd:contactInfo>
                <gmd:role>
                    <gmd:CI_RoleCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#CI_RoleCode" codeListValue="pointOfContact"/>
                </gmd:role>
            </gmd:CI_ResponsibleParty>
        </gmd:pointOfContact>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
<gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.10 p44-46 Conditional (at least one responsible party is mandatory)
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.3.2.1 p85) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • The responsible party acting as Point of Contact is the EEA Information Centre for any dataset owned by EEA.
  • The responsible party acting as Point of Contact is the organization or company owning the dataset when the latter is not owned by EEA.
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/pointOfContact (custodian)

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:pointOfContact>
            <gmd:CI_ResponsibleParty>
                <gmd:organisationName>
                    <gco:CharacterString>European Environment Agency</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:organisationName>
                <gmd:positionName>
                    <gco:CharacterString>Environmental data centre for land use</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:positionName>
                <gmd:contactInfo>
                    <gmd:CI_Contact>
                        <gmd:address>
                            <gmd:CI_Address>
                                <gmd:deliveryPoint>
                                    <gco:CharacterString>Kongens Nytorv 6</gco:CharacterString>
                                </gmd:deliveryPoint>
                                <gmd:city>
                                    <gco:CharacterString>Copenhagen</gco:CharacterString>
                                </gmd:city>
                                <gmd:administrativeArea>
                                    <gco:CharacterString>K</gco:CharacterString>
                                </gmd:administrativeArea>
                                <gmd:postalCode>
                                    <gco:CharacterString>1050</gco:CharacterString>
                                </gmd:postalCode>
                                <gmd:country>
                                    <gco:CharacterString>Denmark</gco:CharacterString>
                                </gmd:country>
                                <gmd:electronicMailAddress>
                                    <gco:CharacterString>eea.enquiries@eea.europa.eu</gco:CharacterString>
                                </gmd:electronicMailAddress>
                            </gmd:CI_Address>
                        </gmd:address>
                    </gmd:CI_Contact>
                </gmd:contactInfo>
                <gmd:role>
                    <gmd:CI_RoleCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#CI_RoleCode" codeListValue="custodian"/>
                </gmd:role>
            </gmd:CI_ResponsibleParty>
        </gmd:pointOfContact>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
<gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.10 p44-46 Conditional (at least one responsible party is mandatory)
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.3.2.1 p85) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Conditional: required for all datasets owned by EEA

Important notes

  • This metadata element applies only to datasets owned by EEA
  • The custodian should be the Data Centre responsible for the resource. In cases where there is not any responsible data centre, enter a default value of Other.
  • The metadata element positionName/characterString shall be edited accordingly and take one of these values:
    • European air pollution data centre
    • European biodiversity data centre
    • European climate change data centre
    • Environmental data centre for land use
    • European water data centre
    • Other
  • This metadata element requires editing or deletion.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/resourceMaintenance

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:resourceMaintenance>
            <gmd:MD_MaintenanceInformation>
                <gmd:maintenanceAndUpdateFrequency>
                    <gmd:MD_MaintenanceFrequencyCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#MD_MaintenanceFrequencyCode" codeListValue="biannually"/>
                </gmd:maintenanceAndUpdateFrequency>
            </gmd:MD_MaintenanceInformation>
        </gmd:resourceMaintenance>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
<gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.2.5 p57 and B.5.18 p99) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Conditional: required for all datasets with a revision number (dataset name ending in _revXX)

Important notes

  • This metadata element applies only to datasets with a revision number.
  • The metadata element maintenanceAndUpdateFrequency/MD_MaintenanceFrequencyCode shall be edited accordingly and take one of these values (as listed in Sec. B.5.18 p99 of ISO19115/2003):
    • continual
    • daily
    • weekly
    • fortnightly
    • monthly
    • quaterly
    • biannually
    • annually
    • asNeeded
    • irregular
    • notPlanned
    • unknown
  • In case no frequency from the list above is satisfactory, the following resourceMaintenance metadata element should be used instead with the relevant frequency expressed as PeriodDuration (in this example, a frequency of 1 year and 6 months is expressed with P1Y6M0DT0H0M0S which stands for a period of @1Y@ear and @6M@onths):
    <gmd:resourceMaintenance>
        <gmd:MD_MaintenanceInformation>
            <gmd:maintenanceAndUpdateFrequency  gco:nilReason="inapplicable"/>
            <gmd:userDefinedMaintenanceFrequency>
                <gts:TM_PeriodDuration xmlns:gts="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/gts">P1Y6M0DT0H0M0S</gts:TM_PeriodDuration>
            </gmd:userDefinedMaintenanceFrequency>
        </gmd:MD_MaintenanceInformation>
    </gmd:resourceMaintenance>
    
  • This metadata element requires editing or deletion.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/graphicOverview (Dataset thumbnail)

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
            <gmd:graphicOverview>
               <gmd:MD_BrowseGraphic>
                  <gmd:fileName>
                     <gco:CharacterString>http://sdi.eea.europa.eu/public/catalogue-graphic-overview/d862a711-94a1-41cc-ace9-d01729ac4c33.png</gco:CharacterString>
                  </gmd:fileName>
               </gmd:MD_BrowseGraphic>
            </gmd:graphicOverview>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    </gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
</gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.2 p42 Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • The thumbnail is generated when the dataset is registered in the SDI. Its filename is METADATA-UUID.png.
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/descriptiveKeywords (Inspire themes)

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:descriptiveKeywords>
            <gmd:MD_Keywords>
                <gmd:keyword>
                    <gco:CharacterString>Land cover</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:keyword>
                <gmd:thesaurusName>
                    <gmd:CI_Citation>
                        <gmd:title>
                            <gco:CharacterString>GEMET - INSPIRE themes, version 1.0</gco:CharacterString>
                        </gmd:title>
                        <gmd:date>
                            <gmd:CI_Date>
                                <gmd:date>
                                    <gco:Date>2008-06-01</gco:Date>
                                </gmd:date>
                                <gmd:dateType>
                                    <gmd:CI_DateTypeCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#CI_DateTypeCode" codeListValue="publication"/>
                                </gmd:dateType>
                            </gmd:CI_Date>
                        </gmd:date>
                    </gmd:CI_Citation>
                </gmd:thesaurusName>
            </gmd:MD_Keywords>
        </gmd:descriptiveKeywords>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    </gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
</gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.4 p23-26 Mandatory
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.2.2.3 p43) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • There shall be one keyword/characterString element per Inspire spatial theme to which the dataset belongs.
  • Inspire spatial data themes should be assigned based on information contained in tables 4A, 4B and 4C of Geospatial data requirements for spatial analysis, review 2009 (document available on request).
  • Inspire spatial theme names shall be retrieved from the English version of the GEMET - Inspire themes list without any further editing (no change in capitalization etc.).
  • As example, for a dataset belonging to both Inspire spatial data themes Land use and Bio-geographical regions, the current block
        <gmd:keyword>
            <gco:CharacterString>Land cover</gco:CharacterString>
        </gmd:keyword>
    

    shall be replaced with
        <gmd:keyword>
            <gco:CharacterString>Land use</gco:CharacterString>
        </gmd:keyword>
        <gmd:keyword>
            <gco:CharacterString>Bio-geographical regions</gco:CharacterString>
        </gmd:keyword>
    
    
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/descriptiveKeywords (GEMET concepts)

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:descriptiveKeywords>
            <gmd:MD_Keywords>
                <gmd:keyword>
                    <gco:CharacterString>Land cover</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:keyword>
                <gmd:thesaurusName>
                    <gmd:CI_Citation>
                        <gmd:title>
                            <gco:CharacterString>GEMET - Concepts, version 3.0</gco:CharacterString>
                        </gmd:title>
                        <gmd:date>
                            <gmd:CI_Date>
                                <gmd:date>
                                    <gco:Date>2011-07-13</gco:Date>
                                </gmd:date>
                                <gmd:dateType>
                                    <gmd:CI_DateTypeCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#CI_DateTypeCode" codeListValue="publication"/>
                                </gmd:dateType>
                            </gmd:CI_Date>
                        </gmd:date>
                    </gmd:CI_Citation>
                </gmd:thesaurusName>
            </gmd:MD_Keywords>
        </gmd:descriptiveKeywords>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    </gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
</gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.4 p23-26 Optional
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.2.2.3 p43) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • There shall be one keyword/characterString element per GEMET concept to which the dataset belongs.
  • There should be at least 2-3 GEMET concepts per dataset.
  • GEMET concept names shall be retrieved from the English version of the GEMET - Concepts list without any further editing (no change in capitalization etc.).
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/descriptiveKeywords (EEA keywords)

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:descriptiveKeywords>
            <gmd:MD_Keywords>
                <gmd:keyword>
                    <gco:CharacterString>Corine</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:keyword>
                <gmd:keyword>
                    <gco:CharacterString>CLC2000</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:keyword>
                <gmd:keyword>
                    <gco:CharacterString>CLC changes</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:keyword>
                <gmd:keyword>
                    <gco:CharacterString>CLC1990</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:keyword>
                <gmd:thesaurusName>
                    <gmd:CI_Citation>
                        <gmd:title>
                            <gco:CharacterString>EEA keyword list</gco:CharacterString>
                        </gmd:title>
                        <gmd:date>
                            <gmd:CI_Date>
                                <gmd:date>
                                    <gco:Date>2002-03-01</gco:Date>
                                </gmd:date>
                                <gmd:dateType>
                                    <gmd:CI_DateTypeCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#CI_DateTypeCode" codeListValue="creation"/>
                                </gmd:dateType>
                            </gmd:CI_Date>
                        </gmd:date>
                    </gmd:CI_Citation>
                </gmd:thesaurusName>
            </gmd:MD_Keywords>
        </gmd:descriptiveKeywords>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    </gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
</gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.2.2.3 p43) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • EEA keywords are intended to be used by search engines (i.e. facetted search on EEA website, search functionality in Geonetwork through web and CSW interfaces)
  • EEA keywords shall be short, meaningful and shall not duplicate other metadata elements which can act as keywords too (i.e. spatialRepresentationType, Inspire themes, EEA categories, topicCategory)
  • Already existing keywords should be reused.
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/descriptiveKeywords (EEA data categories)

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:descriptiveKeywords>
            <gmd:MD_Keywords>
                <gmd:keyword>
                    <gco:CharacterString>geospatial data</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:keyword>
                <gmd:thesaurusName>
                    <gmd:CI_Citation>
                        <gmd:title>
                            <gco:CharacterString>EEA categories</gco:CharacterString>
                        </gmd:title>
                        <gmd:date>
                            <gmd:CI_Date>
                                <gmd:date>
                                    <gco:Date>2010-07-06</gco:Date>
                                </gmd:date>
                                <gmd:dateType>
                                    <gmd:CI_DateTypeCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#CI_DateTypeCode" codeListValue="creation"/>
                                </gmd:dateType>
                            </gmd:CI_Date>
                        </gmd:date>
                    </gmd:CI_Citation>
                </gmd:thesaurusName>
            </gmd:MD_Keywords>
        </gmd:descriptiveKeywords>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    </gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
</gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.2.2.3 p43) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • This metadata element is used to discriminate between geospatial datasets, maps, figures, charts, etc.
  • We are currently reviewing only geospatial datasets with an explicit or implicit spatial component, therefore this metadata element does not need to be edited.
  • This metadata element does not require any editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/descriptiveKeywords (Location / coverage of the dataset)

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                    <!-- [.....................] -->
            <gmd:descriptiveKeywords>
                <gmd:MD_Keywords>
                    <gmd:keyword>
                        <gco:CharacterString>EEA32</gco:CharacterString>
                    </gmd:keyword>
                    <gmd:type>
                        <gmd:MD_KeywordTypeCode codeList="http://standards.iso.org/ittf/PubliclyAvailableStandards/ISO_19139_Schemas/resources/Codelist/ML_gmxCodelists.xml#MD_KeywordTypeCode" codeListValue="place"/>
                    </gmd:type>
                </gmd:MD_Keywords>
            </gmd:descriptiveKeywords>
                    <!-- [.....................] -->
    </gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
</gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.2.2.3 p43) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • This metadata element is used to describe the spatial coverage of a dataset in text form.
  • Where appropriate, codes such as EEA32, EU27, EU28, EFTA4 should be used instead of listing all Member States.
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/resourceConstraints

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:resourceConstraints>
            <gmd:MD_Constraints>
                <gmd:useLimitation>
                    <gco:CharacterString>Unless otherwise indicated, re-use of content on the EEA website for commercial or non-commercial purposes is permitted free of charge, provided that the source is acknowledged.  The EEA re-use policy follows Directive 2003/98/EC of the European Parliament and the Council on the re-use of public sector information throughout the European Union and Commission Decision 2006/291/EC, Euratom on the re-use of Commission information.  The EEA accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the re-use of content accessible on its website.  Any inquiries about re-use of content on the EEA website should be addressed to Ove Caspersen, EEA, Kongens Nytorv 6, DK-1050 Copenhagen K, Tel +45 33 36 71 00, Fax +45 33 36 71 99, e-mail copyrights at eea.europa.eu</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:useLimitation>
            </gmd:MD_Constraints>
        </gmd:resourceConstraints>
        <gmd:resourceConstraints>
            <gmd:MD_LegalConstraints>
                <gmd:accessConstraints>
                    <gmd:MD_RestrictionCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#MD_RestrictionCode" codeListValue="otherRestrictions"/>
                </gmd:accessConstraints>
                <gmd:otherConstraints>
                    <gco:CharacterString>no limitations</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:otherConstraints>
            </gmd:MD_LegalConstraints>
        </gmd:resourceConstraints>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
<gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.9 p41-44 Mandatory
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.2.3 p46) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • The example refers to datasets owned by EEA and which can be freely distributed (this is the default for EEA owned datasets)
  • For datasets which are not owned by EEA but are distributed by EEA, contact Paul Hasenohr
  • For datasets which are protected by intellectual property rights (typically datasets acquired from external providers like Gisco), use the following statement:
    <gmd:identificationInfo>
        <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                          <!-- [.....................] -->
            <gmd:resourceConstraints>
                <gmd:MD_Constraints>
                    <gmd:useLimitation>
                        <gco:CharacterString>License</gco:CharacterString>
                    </gmd:useLimitation>
                </gmd:MD_Constraints>
            </gmd:resourceConstraints>
            <gmd:resourceConstraints>
                <gmd:MD_LegalConstraints>
                    <gmd:accessConstraints>
                        <gmd:MD_RestrictionCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#MD_RestrictionCode" codeListValue="copyright"/>
                    </gmd:accessConstraints>
                    <gmd:useConstraints>
                        <gmd:MD_RestrictionCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#MD_RestrictionCode" codeListValue="license"/>
                    </gmd:useConstraints>
                </gmd:MD_LegalConstraints>
            </gmd:resourceConstraints>
                          <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
    <gmd:identificationInfo>
    
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/spatialRepresentationType

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
            <gmd:spatialRepresentationType>
                <gmd:MD_SpatialRepresentationTypeCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#MD_SpatialRepresentationTypeCode" codeListValue="vector"/>
            </gmd:spatialRepresentationType>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
<gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.5.26 p102) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • The spatial representation type must have one of these values (subset of corresponding ISO code list):
    • vector
    • grid
    • textTable
    • tin
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/spatialResolution

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:spatialResolution>
            <gmd:MD_Resolution>
                <gmd:equivalentScale>
                    <gmd:MD_RepresentativeFraction>
                        <gmd:denominator>
                            <gco:Integer>100000</gco:Integer>
                        </gmd:denominator>
                    </gmd:MD_RepresentativeFraction>
                </gmd:equivalentScale>
            </gmd:MD_Resolution>
        </gmd:spatialResolution>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
<gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.7.2 p35 Conditional
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • Although it is possible to specify several spatial resolutions, we require to have only one (smallest scale or coarsest resolution).
  • The example refers to a spatial resolution expressed as a scale of 1:100000, to express a spatial resolution as a ground sampling distance of 100m, use the following example (unit expressed in ML_gmxUom.xml#m):
    <gmd:spatialResolution>
        <gmd:MD_Resolution>
            <gmd:distance>
                <gco:Distance uom="http://standards.iso.org/ittf/PubliclyAvailableStandards/ISO_19139_Schemas/resources/uom/ML_gmxUom.xml#m">100</gco:Distance>
            </gmd:distance>
        </gmd:MD_Resolution>
    </gmd:spatialResolution>
    
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/language

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:language>
            <gmd:LanguageCode codeList="http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/" codeListValue="eng"/>
        </gmd:language>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
<gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.2.7 p20 Conditional
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 Mandatory
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • This element is required under ISO even if the resource does not include any textual information.
  • This metadata element does not require any editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/topicCategory

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:topicCategory>
            <gmd:MD_TopicCategoryCode>environment</gmd:MD_TopicCategoryCode>
        </gmd:topicCategory>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
<gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.3.1 p21 Mandatory
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p40 (links to Sec. B.5.27 p102) Mandatory
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • The current example indicates that the dataset belongs to two topics (one per topicCategory metadata element): environment and geoscientificInformation. Please note that these two topic categories are present to demonstrate how they should be encoded and do not accurately describe the sample dataset used in these metadata guidelines.
  • The topic categories shall be taken in the following list (copied from Sec.B.5.27), please refer to Part D 2 of the Inspire Implementing rules on metadata for a description of these topics:
    • farming
    • biota
    • boundaries
    • climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
    • economy
    • elevation
    • environment
    • geoscientificInformation
    • health
    • imageryBaseMapsEarthCover
    • intelligenceMilitary
    • inlandWaters
    • location
    • oceans
    • planningCadastre
    • society
    • structure
    • transportation
    • utilitiesCommunication
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/extent (spatial)

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:extent>
            <gmd:EX_Extent>
                <gmd:geographicElement>
                    <gmd:EX_GeographicBoundingBox>
                        <gmd:westBoundLongitude>
                            <gco:Decimal>-33.90432</gco:Decimal>
                        </gmd:westBoundLongitude>
                        <gmd:eastBoundLongitude>
                            <gco:Decimal>38.1471</gco:Decimal>
                        </gmd:eastBoundLongitude>
                        <gmd:southBoundLatitude>
                            <gco:Decimal>26.988714</gco:Decimal>
                        </gmd:southBoundLatitude>
                        <gmd:northBoundLatitude>
                            <gco:Decimal>60.57849</gco:Decimal>
                        </gmd:northBoundLatitude>
                    </gmd:EX_GeographicBoundingBox>
                </gmd:geographicElement>
            </gmd:EX_Extent>
        </gmd:extent>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
<gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.5.1 p28 Mandatory
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p42 (links to Sec. B.3.1.2 p82 modified in ISO 19115:2003/Cor.1:2006) Mandatory
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • Coordinates are expressed in decimal degrees with positive east and north.
  • When rounding up decimal values, make sure to do it in such a way that the bounding box gets larger and not smaller:
    • westBoundLongitude = -33.90432 rounded up to two decimals becomes westBoundLongitude = -33.91
    • westBoundLongitude = 3.4262 rounded up to two decimals becomes westBoundLongitude = 3.42
    • eastBoundLongitude = 38.1471 rounded up to two decimals becomes eastBoundLongitude = 38.15
    • eastBoundLongitude = -1.2156 rounded up to two decimals becomes eastBoundLongitude = -1.21
    • same principle apply by analogy for north and south latitudes.
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/identificationInfo/*/extent (temporal)

Extract

<gmd:identificationInfo>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:extent>
            <gmd:EX_Extent>
                <gmd:temporalElement>
                    <gmd:EX_TemporalExtent>
                        <gmd:extent>
                            <gml:TimePeriod gml:id="d28e322a1049886">
                                    <gml:beginPosition>1990-01-01</gml:beginPosition>
                                    <gml:endPosition>2000-12-31</gml:endPosition>
                            </gml:TimePeriod>
                        </gmd:extent>
                    </gmd:EX_TemporalExtent>
                </gmd:temporalElement>
            </gmd:EX_Extent>
        </gmd:extent>
    <gmd:MD_DataIdentification>
<gmd:identificationInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.6.1 p30 Conditional (at least one of temporal extent, date of creation, publication or last revision)
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.2.1 p42 (links to Sec. B.3.1.3 p84) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • This element describes the time period covered by the content of the dataset
    • the time coverage written in this example does not correctly describe the dataset (Corine Land Cover changes over 1990-2000), a more accurate description would use as:
      • starting date: date when first set of images and corresponding ground truth records have been acquired
      • ending date: date when last set of images and corresponding ground truth records have been acquired
  • A full year should be expressed as starting on January, 1st and ending on December, 31st.
  • In case a time should be specified in addition to a date, time should be expressed as GMT and the following format should be used: 1977-03-10T11:45:30
  • For time series with today as end date, the <gml:TimePeriod>...</gml:TimePeriod> element should contain:
            <gml:begin>
              <gml:TimeInstant gml:id="tstart">
                <gml:timePosition>2011-04-01T00:00:00</gml:timePosition>
              </gml:TimeInstant>
            </gml:begin>
            <gml:end>
              <gml:TimeInstant gml:id="tend">
                <gml:timePosition indeterminatePosition="now"/>
              </gml:TimeInstant>
            </gml:end>
    
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/distributionInfo/*/distributionFormat

Extract

<gmd:distributionInfo>
    <gmd:MD_Distribution>
        <gmd:distributionFormat>
            <gmd:MD_Format>
                <gmd:name>
                    <gco:CharacterString>SHP</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:name>
                <gmd:version gco:nilReason="missing">
                    <gco:CharacterString/>
                </gmd:version>
            </gmd:MD_Format>
        </gmd:distributionFormat>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
    </gmd:MD_Distribution>
</gmd:distributionInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.10.1 p73 (links to Sec. B.2.10.4 p75) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • The format in which the resource is stored should be expressed using a code from this list which is derived from the codes used by the libraries GDAL and OGR (if a format is missing, contact Paul Hasenohr):
    • Raster
      AAIGrid Arc/Info ASCII Grid
      AIG Arc/Info Binary Grid (.adf)
      CEOS CEOS format (used by some satellite image providers)
      DIMAP DIMAP format (used by some satellite image providers)
      ECW ERMapper Compressed Wavelets (.ecw)
      EHdr ESRI .hdr Labelled
      ENVI ENVI .hdr Labelled Raster
      GRASS GRASS Rasters
      GTiff TIFF / BigTIFF / GeoTIFF (if no georeferencing information is available in the TIFF file itself, an ESRI world file [.tfw] must be present)
      HDF Hierarchical Data Format Release (specify the version number [4 or 5] in the metadata element version)
      HFA Erdas Imagine (.img)
      LAN Erdas 7.x .LAN and .GIS
      MrSID Multi-resolution Seamless Image Database
      netCDF NetCDF
      XYZ ASCII Gridded XYZ
  • Vector
    AVCBin Arc/Info Binary Coverage
    AVCE00 Arc/Info .E00 (ASCII) Coverage
    CSV Comma Separated Value (.csv)
    FGeo ESRI File GeoDatabase
    GML Geography Markup Language
    GRASS GRASS vector
    KML Keyhole Markup Language
    MIF !MapInfo File
    PGeo ESRI Personal GeoDatabase
    SHP ESRI Shapefile
    Postgis Postgresql/Postgis database
    Spatialite SQLite/SpatiaLite database
  • We remind that use of unpublished formats should be avoided as much as possible to ensure the best possible interoperability.
  • When several versions of a format exist, the version number shall be specified as follows (example for a dataset in GML3):
    <gmd:distributionFormat>
        <gmd:MD_Format>
            <gmd:name>
                <gco:CharacterString>GML</gco:CharacterString>
            </gmd:name>
            <gmd:version>
                <gco:CharacterString>3.1.1</gco:CharacterString>
            </gmd:version>
        </gmd:MD_Format>
    </gmd:distributionFormat>
    
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/distributionInfo/*/transferOptions

Extract

<gmd:distributionInfo>
    <gmd:MD_Distribution>
                      <!-- [.....................] -->
        <gmd:transferOptions>
            <gmd:MD_DigitalTransferOptions>
                <gmd:onLine>
                    <gmd:CI_OnlineResource>
                        <gmd:linkage>
                            <gmd:URL>http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/data/ds_resolveuid/f84b1ed7b53eaa6b2fba77f98f225775</gmd:URL>
                        </gmd:linkage>
                        <gmd:protocol>
                            <gco:CharacterString>WWW:LINK-1.0-http--link</gco:CharacterString>
                        </gmd:protocol>
                        <gmd:function>
                            <gmd:CI_OnLineFunctionCode codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#CI_OnLineFunctionCode" codeListValue="download"/>
                        </gmd:function>
                    </gmd:CI_OnlineResource>
                </gmd:onLine>
                <gmd:onLine>
                    <gmd:CI_OnlineResource>
                        <gmd:linkage>
                            <gmd:URL>/continental/europe/natural_areas/corine_land_cover/changes/eea_v_3035_100_k_clc-changes_1990-2000_rev13/eea_v_3035_100_k_clc-changes_1990-2000.shp</gmd:URL>
                        </gmd:linkage>
                        <gmd:protocol>
                            <gco:CharacterString>EEA:FILEPATH</gco:CharacterString>
                        </gmd:protocol>
                    </gmd:CI_OnlineResource>
                </gmd:onLine>
            </gmd:MD_DigitalTransferOptions>
        </gmd:transferOptions>
    </gmd:MD_Distribution>
</gmd:distributionInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.2.4 p17 Conditional
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.10.1 p73 (links to Sec. B.2.10.2 p74) Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • If the dataset has already been published, the permalink to the resource on the EEA website shall be provided in the linkage element with WWW:LINK-1.0-http--link as related protocol.
  • The filepath starting from gis_sdi to the file which needs to be opened in order to access the resource shall be provided in the linkage element with EEA:FILEPATH as related protocol.
  • This metadata element requires editing.

MD_Metadata/dataQualityInfo/*/lineage

Extract

<gmd:dataQualityInfo>
    <gmd:DQ_DataQuality>
        <gmd:scope>
            <gmd:DQ_Scope>
                <gmd:level>
                    <gmd:MD_ScopeCode codeListValue="dataset" codeList="http://www.isotc211.org/2005/resources/codeList.xml#MD_ScopeCode"/>
                </gmd:level>
            </gmd:DQ_Scope>
        </gmd:scope>
        <gmd:lineage>
            <gmd:LI_Lineage>
                <gmd:statement>
                    <gco:CharacterString>Vector CLC database was provided by National Teams within original CLC1990, I&amp;CLC2000 update and FTSP/CLC2006 update projects. All features in original vector database were classified and digitised based on satellite images with 100 m positional accuracy (according to CLC specifications) and 25 ha minimum mapping unit into the standardized CLC nomenclature (44 CLC classes).
European Corine Land Cover seamless DBs represent the final product of European data integration. The process of data integration started when national deliveries have been accepted and the Database Acceptance Report (DBTA) delivered . Delivered national data were produced in local national systems of all participating countries. Each national Coordinate Reference System (CRS) definition had to be known precisely together with its geometric relationship to a standard system in order to accurately transfer all national data into a standard European coordinate reference - ETRS89/LAEA1052.
Mostly, the process itself was carried out by global equation-based transformation to ETRS89 (e.g. seven-parameters Bursa-Wolf methods). The accuracy of a particular transformation ranges from centimetres to meters depending on the method and the quality and number of control points available to define the transformation parameters, but, in any case, the accuracy is far above the actual CLC data resolution (for more details see the DBTA reports for particular country). National data, when transformed into the common European reference, are introduced into tiled pan-European structure and as final step seamless dataset is produced.
In order to achieve production of the real seamless European database, the integration step includes also harmonization of database along country borders. It consists from edge-matching of land cover polygons from the national databases across national borders done by a verification / re-interpretation of the satellite images in the border regions (2 km wide strip along borders). The satellite images from IMAGE2000. CLC90, CHA00 (changes 1990-2000) and CLC00 database were harmonized this way, but the order to priority was as following: CLC2000, both geometric and thematic adaptations of all polygons in a 2 km strip along national boundary lines; CHA00 database to ensure that changes in CLC2000 are consistent with the change database; corrected CLC90 (if provided by the MS); corrections were focused to geometric adaptations in semi-automatical way based on CLC00 and CHA00 databases. Border harmonization step has been skipped for CHA06 and CLC06 datasets. Note: Some artificial lines (dividing polygons with the same code) can be still present in database due to technical constraints of current ArcGIS technology, but has no impact for dataset contents and can be dissolved for data extracts.</gco:CharacterString>
                </gmd:statement>
                <gmd:source uuidref="8c2a3ded-9ccb-472d-99d2-30f11107b10c">
                    <gmd:LI_Source/>
                </gmd:source>
                <gmd:source uuidref="92f84de3-1ff9-438b-bd89-9d89ec0bddfd">
                    <gmd:LI_Source/>
                </gmd:source>
            </gmd:LI_Lineage>
        </gmd:lineage>
    </gmd:DQ_DataQuality>
</gmd:dataQualityInfo>

References

Inspire metadata IR v1.2 Sec. 2.7.1 p34 Mandatory
ISO19115:2003 Sec. B.2.4.2 p 48 Optional
ISO19139

Status in EEA metadata

Mandatory

Important notes

  • All relevant steps taken in order to create the datasets shall be described here (process history) while addressing version specificities where suitable.
  • The overall quality of the dataset should be included as well in this metadata element.
  • When the source datasets used to generate the current dataset are referenced in the catalogue, their UUIDs should be listed as shown in the example above for Corine Land Cover 1990 European seamless (vector) - version 13, Feb. 2010 and Corine Land Cover 2000 seamless (vector) - version 13, Feb. 2010. There must be as many <gmd:source>...</gmd:source> elements as there are of source datasets referenced (i.e. [0..n])
  • This metadata element requires editing.

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