Procedure: GEOSPATIAL METADATA STANDARD
You are invited to read the definitions of terms used in this data standard.
||Geospatial Metadata Standard|
participation in the National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse is mandated by
Circular No. A-16 (Revised), “Coordination of Geographic Information
and Related Spatial Data Activities”. The Circular also establishes the
Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) as the interagency coordinating
body for facilitating Circular A-16 related and implementation of the
National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).
Executive Order 12906, "Coordinating Geographic Data Acquisition and Access: The National Spatial Data Infrastructure," was signed on April 11, 1994, by President William Clinton. Executive Order 12906 requires Federal agencies to document all new geospatial data they collect or produce, either directly or indirectly, using the metadata standard developed by the FGDC. This standard is known as the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata, Version 2, FGDC-STD-001-1998.
||Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM), Version 2, FGDC-STD-001-1998|
|Historical Data||For information on past versions of this standard, contact the National Data Administrator, Geospatial and Data Services, Division of Information Resources and Technology Management.|
Part 270, FW 6, Data Management and Standards, has been superceded by Part 274, FW 2, Establishing Service Data Standards.
Graphical representation of the FGDC CSDGM Version 2 - view or download a color-coded graphic produced by the U.S. Geological Survey's Center for Biological Informatics in conjunction with the FGDC.
||The FGDC CSDGM standard will be used to document geospatial data sets created by FWS staff or by any individual employed as a contractor to the FWS. Specifically,
the CSDGM Version 2 must be used to document data that will be shared, used many times, or of potential historic/long-term importance. The
mandatory use of this standard does not apply to temporary or intermediate
data; however, the standard must be used to
document the steps taken to create the final data files.
The Biological Data Profile of the CSDGM Version 2 is designed to document biological data sets, both geospatial and non-geospatial in nature and includes all the elements in the CSDGM, as well as additional elements to describe biological data sets. The adopted Service standard for Biological Metadata can be viewed at this site.
|Guidance and Tools
||Metadata Guidance -
general information and FAQ's on using the FGDC metadata standards.
Metadata Records and Templates - example FWS metadata records and templates for metadata creation.
Metadata Support - information on FWS metadata support services and the Memorandum of Understanding with USGS NBII Program on creating and publishing formal metadata on geospatial data sets.
Metadata Tools - commercial and freeware/shareware tools for creating FGDC-compliant metadata.
Overview on Geospatial Metadata - information and links to FGDC standards, training opportunities, available training materials, and USGS metadata FAQ's.
|Initial Approval Date
||August 31, 1998|
|Revision Approval Date
||Date of Distribution to FWS Directorate|
||November 29, 2013|
|Data Steward||National Data Administrator, Geospatial and Data Services, Division of Information Resources and Technology Management.|