INSPIRE Metadata Requirements

The INSPIRE Implementing Rules for Metadata requires that a set of metadata elements shall be provided. These are grouped in the following categories:

  1. Identification
  2. Classification of spatial and data services
  3. Keyword
  4. Geographic location
  5. Temporal reference
  6. Quality and validity
  7. Conformity
  8. Constraint related to access and use
  9. Organisations responsible for the establishment, management, maintenance and distribution of the resource
  10. Metadata on metadata

These are realized as a set of elements shown below. These may be implemented in various ways including ISO 19115 and Dublin Core. UK GEMINI is an ISO 19115 implementation.

  Metadata category

INSPIRE Reference

  Metadata element

Multiplicity

  Condition (where applicable)

Identification

1.1

Resource title

1

1.2

Resource abstract

1

1.3

Resource type

1

1.4

Resource locator

0..*

Mandatory if a URL is available to obtain more information on the resource, and/or access related services, or if linkage to the service is available

1.5

Unique resource identifier

1..*

Not required for services

1.6

Coupled resource

0..*

Only for services, where it is mandatory if linkage to data sets on which the service operates are available

1.7

Resource language

0..*

Mandatory if the resource includes textual information. Not required for services

Classification of spatial and data services

2.1

Topic category

1..*

Not required for services

2.2

Spatial data service type

1

Only for services

Keyword

3.1

Keyword value

1..*

3.2

Originating controlled vocabulary

0..*

Where a vocabulary is used as the source of the keywords

Geographic location

4.1

Geographic bounding box

1..*

Mandatory for datasets and dataset series, and for services with an explicit geographic extent

Temporal reference

5.1

Temporal extent

1..*

At least one of these must be given.

 5.2

Date of publication

 5.3

Date of last revision

 5.4

Date of creation

Quality and validity

6.1

Lineage

1

Not required for services

6.2

Spatial resolution

0..*

Mandatory for datasets and dataset series if an equivalent scale or a resolution distance can be specified, and for services where there is a restriction on the spatial resolution for the service.

Conformity

7.1

Specification

1..*

 7.2

Degree

1..*

Constraint related to access and use

8.1

Conditions applying to access and use

1..*

8.2

Limitations on public access

1..*

Organisations responsible for the establishment, management, maintenance and distribution of the resource

9.1

Responsible party

1..*

 9.2

Responsible party role

1..*

Metadata on metadata

10.1

Metadata point of contact

1..*

10.2

Metadata date

1

10.3

Metadata language

1

Notes

 1 indicates mandatory, single valued, 1 ..* indicates mandatory, multi-valued, 0..* indicates optional multi-valued

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