ISO19115-1:2014 GA Profile Schema


This is the home of GA's profile of the ISO19115-1:2014 standard for geographic metadata. This profile consists of the following, human readable documents:

  1. index.html - this document, an HTML information page and the landing page of this profile. Different elements of the profile are addressed below
  2. Metadata Profile Definition Document - the formal definition document of this profile

Related to this is the GA Profile of ISO19115-3:2016, the standardised XML schema representation of ISO19115-1:2014 which contains the following resources:

  1. schema.xsd - the XML Schema Definition of the profile
  2. codelists.xml - an XML document containing all of the codelists used with the schema that GA has extended
  3. lookups.xml - an XML document containing lookup values for elements within the standard that GA prefers to constrain in user interfaces, sucha s drop-downs, rather than allow free text

The next sections in this document describe the three elements of the XML schema representation of this profile in borad outline. For further details, see the Metadata Profile Definition Document.


Here we will shortly describe what the GA schema does differently to the standard ISO schema

Code List extensions

This profile makes use of extended versions of the ISO standard's code lists. The original code lists are delivered within this standard's document and machine readable versions of those code lists are delvered in the XML schema representation of it. Here are web page versions of the extended code lists with the extensions indicated. the machine-readable versions of these are delivered in the XML schema version of this profile, as listed above.


This code list defines relations between different items within a catalogue. GA has extended this code list to cater for relationships according to metadata models outside ISO19115, such as the W3C's PROV Data Model which we use for relating dataset provenance.

Our authoratitive version of this code list is maintained as a vocabulary from which we produce this HTML and XML versions of this code list. The vocabulary is available at its namespace URI:

crossReferencereference from one dataset to another19115Use to identify related documents or related resources
largerWorkCitationreference to a master dataset of which this one is a part19115Use to identify parent collections, programs for which this resource is a part of, cruises or surveys from which the data was collected, etc
partOfSeamlessDatabasepart of the same structured set of data held in a computer19115
sourcemapping and charting information from which the dataset content originates19115recommend documenting sources in the lineage section instead of here.
stereoMatepart of a set of imagery that when used together, provides three-dimensional images19115
collectiveTitlecommon title for a collection of resources
NOTE: title identifies elements of a series collectively, combined with information about what volumes are available at the source cite
dependencyassociated through a dependency19115-1
isComposedOfreference to resources that are parts of this resource19115-1
revisionOfresource is a revision of associated resource19115-1
seriesassociated through a common heritage such as produced to a common product specification19115-1
operatesOnan equivalent relationship to srv:operatesOn from a Service to a DatasetGeoscience AustraliaSee
operatedOnByinverse of operatesOn where the domain resource is, or can be, operated on (queried, subsetted etc.) by the range resource which must be an agent (i.e. is something that bears some form of responsibility for the operation taking place)Geoscience AustraliaSee
wasDerivedFromthe domain resource was derived from the range resource which must have been an entity (i.e. not an actor with agency or a temporal event)PROV-DMSee
wasGeneratedBythe domain resource was generated by the range resource which must have been a temporal event such as a data processing action or a field surveyPROV-DMSee
generatedinverse of wasGeneratedBy where the domain resource generated the range resoure implying that the domain resource is a temporal event, such as a data processing action, and the range resource is an entityPROV-DMSee


This code list defines the functions of things online linked to within a metadata record.

Our authoratitive version of this code list is maintained as a vocabulary from which we produce this HTML and XML versions of this code list. The vocabulary is available at its namespace URI:

downloadonline instructions for transferring data from one storage device or system to anotherISO19115an FTP site or downloadable zip file
informationonline information about the resourceISO19115URLs with descriptive details about the resource
offlineAccessonline instructions for requesting the resource from the providerISO19115
orderonline order process for obtaining the resourceISO19115an interface for requesting the resource
searchonline search interface for seeking out information about the resourceISO19115map viewers, search interfaces
browseGraphicbrowse graphic providedISO19115-1
browsingonline browsing providedISO19115-1
completeMetadatacomplete metadata providedISO19115-1
emailServiceonline email service providedISO19115-1
fileAccessonline file access providedISO19115-1
uploadonline resource upload capability providedISO19115-1
provenanceQueryServicean online service that allows querying for provenance records about the resource. The provenance records delivered are conformat to the W3C's PROV Data ModelPROV-AQThis record is a child record of 'information' in the vocabulary that manages this code list extension.


GA has implemented a number of lookup tables to allow catalogue tools to provided select lists for elements within the standard that are otherwise free text fields. These lookup tables are mostly taken from lookup tables provided by the GeoNetwork open source catalogue tool but we have augmented them and delivered our authoratitive versions of them as vocabularies.