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A geospatial metadata record is a file of information, usually an XML document, which captures the basic characteristics of digital data such as GIS files, geospatial databases, and imagery. It represents the who, what, when, where, why and how of the resource. It can also be used to document other geospatial resources including data catalogs, mapping applications, and data models.

NC OneMap supports the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM), as approved by the North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC) in 1994. In 2014, the GICC approved another metadata standard based on the FGDC-endorsed ISO 191** (and associated) standards. North Carolina developed a "State and Local Government Metadata Profile", based on ISO, as the metadata standard for those government agencies.

NC OneMap-supported metadata standards:

  1. State and Local Government Metadata Profile (based on ISO 191** suite of standards)
  2. Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM)

ISO-Based State and Local Government Metadata Profile

The North Carolina Geographic Information Coordinating Council (GICC) formally adopted the "State and Local Government Metadata Profile", based on the ISO 191** suite of geospatial metadata standards, as the current recommended standard for compliant geospatial metadata for North Carolina state agencies and local governments. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world’s foremost developer of voluntary international standards. By adopting the ISO series of standards, state agencies and local governments ensure their metadata will be published and searched in a consistent manner by agencies, organizations, and individuals throughout the world. Metadata creators are urged to transition from the CSDGM to ISO.

Current version of the State and Local Government Metadata Profile
 How-To Guide for Metadata Using CATMDEdit
How-To Guide for Metadata Using Esri's ArcCatalog
How-To Guide for County Parcel Metadata Using Esri's ArcCatalog
XML Template for County Parcel Data Using Esri's ArcCatalog

ISO Metadata Resources:

The XML metadata templates below are application-specific and are based on samples from the software listed. They can be imported into their respective applications to provide a starting point for metadata creation. The ISO metadata examples below show what profile-compliant metadata can look like. In addition, a how-to document using Esri's ArcGIS is available to guide users.

Software Feature Web Service How-To Guide 
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CSDGM Metadata Templates

Start with a template. CSDGM metadata records are still valid. The metadata templates below are customized for NC OneMap content providers:

Data Layer Template Readme Example
Buildings TXT PDF  
Cadastral TXT PDF TXT
Municipal Boundaries TXT PDF  
School Attendance Districts TXT PDF  
Street Centerlines TXT PDF  
Address Points TXT PDF  
Orthoimagery TXT PDF  
The resources below will help you create informative and relevant metadata. Good metadata supports your organization and helps everyone who may use your data.

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Feb '16 - 2015 Imagery Online
The 2015 orthoimagery is now available from the NC OneMap GeoSpatial Portal. Read on for all of the details. read more ...
July '15 - NC Parcels Contains All Counties

North Carolina now has a parcel data set that includes all 100 counties and areas comprising the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.

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Feb '15 - New counties added to NC Parcels

36 counties have recently been added to NC Parcels. 

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Feb '15 - 2014 Imagery Online

The 2014 orthoimagery is now available from the NC OneMap GeoSpatial Portal. Read on for all of the details.

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Dec '14 - Statewide Addresses now available
2014 address points are now available for download and as a web service from the GeoSpatial Portal. read more ...
Aug '14 - Larger areas of imagery available for download
We have doubled the amount of imagery that is available in a single download. read more ...
Feb '14 - 2013 Imagery Online
The imagery for 25 counties in the Eastern Piedmont region is now available as a region-wide image service and for download in areas of interest. Visit the NC OneMap Geospatial Portal or watch the video to see a demo of how to access the new imagery.
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Nov '13 - Elevation Data now available
Elevation data are now from NC OneMap as a web service and a download. read more ...

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