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GIS Data Deposit Metadata Standards

Please note that when depositing (i.e. publishing) geographic/GIS/geospatial data or collections of data that include location-based information, the current best practice is to also publish/deposit associated geospatial/geographic metadata. Without accompanying metadata, it may be difficult or impossible to find, access, or use the data. The current standard format for GIS metadata is ISO 19115: Geographic Information – Metadata.

GIS/geospatial metadata readings and resources:

Data Deposit Options:

Further reading and resources:

  • Brodeur, J., Coetzee, S., Danko, D., Garcia, S., & Hjelmager, J. (2019). Geographic information metadata—an outlook from the international standardization perspective. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information8(6), 280.
  • Griffin, E., & Lipkin, R. (2018). 10. How Metadata Informs Purpose: A Case Study of NYPL’s Open Source GIS-Driven MapWarper Tool. In Organization, Representation and Description through the Digital Age (pp. 160-174). De Gruyter Saur.
  • Jünger, S., Borschewski, K., & Zenk-Möltgen, W. (2019). Documenting Georeferenced Social Science Survey Data: Limits of Metadata Standards and Possible Solutions. Journal of Map & Geography Libraries15(1), 68-95



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