Required Metadata

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Metadata in GeoNode

To enable apropriate use of geographic data stored in GeoNode, and to enable finding data in GeoNode it is important to fill out the metadata forms after uploading data in GeoNode.

The metadata of a layer can be changed by selecting a layer (i.e. the layer is displayed in front of a background map) and use of the button >> Edit Layer >> Edit Metadata.

We recommend to fill out at least the following metadata fields:

  1. Title
  2. Date => automatically filled. Note, it is possible to change the type of the date.
  3. Edition (at least: year)
  4. Abstract
  5. Purpose
  6. Keywords region
  7. Restrictions
  8. Language
  9. Category (chose one out of the listing) => for the description of the categories based on the ISO see below
  10. Spatial representation type : e.g. vector / raster /etc.
  11. Keywords: at least 3 keywords
  12. Supplemental information: if available, use for lineage (= describe how data have been derived)
  13. Point of Contact : select a user (account) that can answer questions about the data.

For image, text and spreadsheet documents it is recommendable to add more spatial descriptions (e.g. using keywords field).

The metadata form of GeoNode is compatible with internacional standards such as ISO TC211, FGDC, Dublin Core, etc.


GeoNode allows to select who can see and download layers and maps. The access rights can be set by selecting a layer or map (so it is shown) and using the button >> Edit Layer >> Edit Permissions.

ISO Metadata Categories (in GeoNode)

source see here:

ISO 19115 Topic Categories North American Profile (NAP) of ISO 19115: Geographic Information

  • Farming: rearing of animals or cultivation of plants. For example, resources describing irrigation, aquaculture, herding, and pests and diseases affecting crops and livestock. AGR
  • Biota: naturally occurring flora and fauna. For example, resources describing wildlife, biological sciences, ecology, wilderness, sea life, wetlands, and habitats. BIO
  • Boundaries: legal land descriptions. BND
  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere: atmospheric processes and phenomena. For example, resources describing cloud cover, weather, atmospheric conditions, climate change, and precipitation. CLM
  • Economy: economic activities or employment. For example, resources describing labor, revenue, commerce, industry, tourism and ecotourism, forestry, fisheries, commercial or subsistence hunting, and exploration and exploitation of resources such as minerals, oil, and gas. ECN
  • Elevation: height above or below sea level. For example, resources describing altitude, bathymetry, digital elevation models, slope, and products derived from this information. ELV
  • Environment: environmental resources, protection, and conservation. For example, resources describing pollution, waste storage and treatment, environmental impact assessment, environmental risk, and nature reserves. ENV
  • Geoscientific Information: earth sciences. For example, resources describing geophysical features and processes, minerals, the composition, structure and origin of the earth’s rocks, earthquakes, volcanic activity, landslides, gravity information, soils, permafrost, hydrogeology, and erosion. GEO
  • Health: health services, human ecology, and safety. For example, resources describing human disease and illness, factors affecting health, hygiene, mental and physical health, substance abuse, and health services. HLT
  • Imagery/Base Maps/Earth Cover: base maps. For example, resources describing land cover, topographic maps, and classified and unclassified images. IBM
  • Intelligence/Military: military bases, structures, and activities. For example, resources describing barracks, training grounds, military transportation, and information collection. MIL
  • Inland Waters: inland water features, drainage systems, and their characteristics. For example, resources describing rivers and glaciers, salt lakes, water use plans, dams, currents, floods, water quality, and hydrographic charts. WAT
  • Location: positional information and services. For example, resources describing addresses, geodetic networks, postal zones and services, control points, and place names. LOC
  • Oceans: features and characteristics of salt water bodies excluding inland waters. For example, resources describing tides, tidal waves, coastal information, and reefs. OCN
  • Planning Cadastre: land use. For example, resources describing zoning maps, cadastral surveys, and land ownership. CAD
  • Society: characteristics of societies and cultures. For example, resources describing natural settlements, anthropology, archaeology, education, traditional beliefs, manners and customs, demographic data, crime and justice, recreational areas and activities, social impact assessments, and census information. SOC
  • Structure: man-made construction. For example, resources describing buildings, museums, churches, factories, housing, monuments, and towers. STR
  • Transportation: means and aids for conveying people and goods. For example, resources describing roads, airports and airstrips, shipping routes, tunnels, nautical charts, vehicle or vessel location, aeronautical charts, and railways. TRN
  • Utilities/Communications: energy, water and waste systems, and communication infrastructure and services. For example, resources describing hydroelectricity, geothermal, solar, and nuclear sources of energy, water purification and distribution, sewage collection and disposal, electricity and gas distribution, data communication, telecommunication, radio, and communication networks. UTL