ISO Standard Metadata for Emergency Management

Step by Step Creation Guide

Step 1

Choose a construction method

Choose your preferred method of constructing your ISO standard metadata statement 19115-3

Download a blank XML document

Use online XML

creation tool

This tool is currently under construction. Expected delivery is July 2021. 


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Step 2

The Emergency Management ISO Profile

This EM Metadata Profile provides you with a list of the minimum required attributes in order to make your webservice ISO 19115-3 compliant.

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EM Profile List

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EM Profile Example

This Profile example is currently getting built within GA. Expected delivery is May 2021. 


A failure to fill in these required attributes will result in a non-compliant EM metadata statement 

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Step 3

Supporting information (Optional)

The following resources will support you in creating your ISO Metadata Statement..


Metadata Example


Attribute List

View a completed ISO standard metadata statement for webservices 

View a complete list and descriptions of ISO attributes

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Step 4

Construct your XML

Using your selected XML creation method (Step 1) along with the supporting information in Step 2 and 3

construct your ISO19115-3 Metadata Statement.

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Step 5

Save your XML

After you have constructed your ISO19115-3 Metadata Statement it needs to be saved in the correct file format (*.xml)

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Step 6

Validate your XML

Use the following tool to validate your XML against the ISO19115-3 Metadata Profile


Uncheck the following Validation Options:

  • Schema Validate and

  • Geoscience Australia Profile Validate

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Step 7

Save the Metadata Statement in a Spatial Catalogue (Optional)

With the XML in your ISO19115-3 Metadata Profile now validated it needs to be saved into a Catalogue Service for the Web (CSW).


Work required to complete each of the 7 steps above

EMSINA will now work with Geoscience Australia and the National Metadata Working Group to complete the following tasks

Step 1.

  • GA staff and EMSINA will continue to provide support to the company hired to develop the XML Creation Tool (resources, knowledge and testing). The XML Creation Tool is due to be delivered July 2021. 

    • Beta to be available in early June 2021. 

Step 2.

  • Using the first version of the EM Metadata Profile GA staff will create an easy to understand attribute list and a formal example of the EM Profile.  

    • The List product is due in mid April 2021.

    • The formal Example is due in May 2021.

Step 3.

  • GA to source and complete an example of a fully completed metadata statement (all attributes not just the EM profile attributes).

    • Due June 2021

  • GA to tidy up the attribute list so it becomes easy to read/understand.

    • Due June 2021

Step 4 & 5.

  • nil development required

Step 6.

  • GA to create a image example of what the Validator should look like before running the program. 

    • Due May 2021.

  • GA to create a list of the most common errors and how the user can fix them.

    • Due July 2021

Step 7.

  • 15 April 2021 - EMSINA approached the National Metadata Working Group and ISCM for advice on: 

    • Identifying the authoritative State/Territory and Federal CSW(s) where emergency management agencies need to upload their EM metadata

    • Documentation about the general processes on how to upload an EM metadata statement into a jurisdictional CSW

    • Identification of a Federal capability that can host an EM CSW for states/territories who don't have an applicable CSW capability

    • Information about any National plan, associated funding, education for rolling out the introduction of ISO Standard Metadata and associated tools

  • 25 May 2021 - EMSINA is yet to receive a response from the NMWG.​