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Metadata Standards for Emergency Management

The Metadata Working Group who reside under the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping have produced an introductory video about 'Metadata, what is it and why is if so important'.  This video is a fantastic introduction into the importance of having metadata aligned to your emergency management data.

EMSINA would like to acknowledge and express our appreciation to the National Metadata Working Group. The work undertaken by this Group is setting the foundation for the next generation of Australian Emergency Management spatial data.

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Webservice Metadata Standards for Emergency Management

The information below will assist Emergency Managers to understand, create and publish ISO 19115 compliant metadata statements for webservices.

Step 1. Background information about ISO 19115-3

Information about the ISO 19115-3 Metadata Standard

Why it is so important to implement ISO 19115-3 Metadata Statements across the Australian Emergency Management Sector?

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EM-LINK - minimum requirements* for your 19115-3 metadata statements

 * The Emergency Management Metadata Profile

Step 2. Getting expert assistance throughout the entire process

If you require assistance/clarification throughout the process of creating your ISO 19115-3 metadata statements please click the button below to view your options:

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Step 3. Create your ISO compliant metadata statement

The following methods of creating ISO 19115-3 metadata statements are available:

Download a blank XML template and complete the content yourself

Use an assisted online tool that guides you through the process of compiling your ISO 19115-3 metadata statement

Step 4. Validate your ISO compliant metadata statement

Regardless of which method you use to create your metadata statement it is strongly recommended that you still validate your ISO 19115-3 metadata statements. 

  1. Open the online XML validation tool

    • Cut & Paste the text within your XML file

    • Un-check the 'Schema Validate' and 'Geoscience Australia Profile Validate' options.

    • Click the 'Validate' button 

  2. Correct any issues from the Validation Results

Remember expert assistance is available to help you understand and correct any feedback - see Step 2. 

Step 5. Hosting your ISO compliant metadata statement

Host your XML on your Agency's infrastructure - more Information

Host your XML on your state/territory infrastructure - more information

Host your XML on Australian Government Infrastructure (only available to EM Sector) - more information

Step 6. Add it into EM-LINK

Add a link to your 19115-3 metadata statement(s) within EM-LINK 

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