Creative Commons
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Catalog Service for the Web. The OGC Catalog Service defines common interfaces to discover, browse, and query metadata about data, services, and other potential resources.
The Darwin Core is designed to facilitate the exchange of information about the geographic occurrence of organisms and the physical existence of biotic specimens in collections. Extensions to the Darwin Core provide a mechanism to share additional information, which may be discipline-specific, or beyond the commonly agreed upon scope of the Darwin Core itself. The Darwin Core and its extensions are minimally restrictive of information content by design, since doing so would render the standard useless for the implementation of data quality tools.
GeoNetwork opensource is a standards based, Free and Open Source catalog application to manage spatially referenced resources through the web. There are implementations of the MCP (versions 1.4 and 1.5-experimental) available as plugin schemas for GeoNetwork version 2.8.0. GeoNetwork version 2.8.0 can be downloaded from
GeoServer is an open source software server written in Java that allows users to share and edit geospatial data. Designed for interoperability, it publishes data from any major spatial data source using open standards.
International Standards Organisation is an international-standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations.
ISO/TC 211 is a standard technical committee formed within ISO, tasked with covering the areas of digital geographic information (such as used by geographic information systems) and geomatics. It is responsible for preparation of a series of International Standards and Technical Specifications numbered in the range starting at 19101. TC211 has its own web site at
International Standards Organisation standard for Geographic Metadata. This document refers to AS/NZS ISO19115:2005, Australian/New Zealand Standard, Geographic Information-Metadata, 27th April 2005, Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand, ISBN - 0 7337 6653 6
International Standards Organisation standard describing an XML implementation of ISO19115. This document refers to ISO/TS 19139:2007(E), Geographic Information-Metadata-XML schema implementation, 15th April 2007, ISO
Term used to describe an implementation of ISO19115 using ISO19139.
Open Geospatial Consortium. A standards organization for geospatial information systems
Modification of ISO19115 to suit the needs of a particular community.
The Simple Knowledge Organisation Systems (SKOS) is an area of work developing specifications and standards to support the use of knowledge organisation systems (KOS) such as thesauri, classification schemes.
A Uniform Resource Locator specifies where an identified resource is available and the mechanism for retrieving it.
A Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) is an identifier standard used in software construction, standardized by the Open Software Foundation (OSF) as part of the Distributed Computing Environment (DCE).
Extensible Markup Language is a general-purpose specification for creating custom markup languages.
XML Schema, published as a W3C recommendation in May 2001, is one of several XML schema languages.