CSDGM (FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata)
The Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM) - commonly referred to as FGDC Metadata.
CSDGM was developed by the The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) - a U.S. Federal interagency committee that promotes the coordinated development, use, sharing, and dissemination of geospatial data. FGDC activities are hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Allow users to: a) ascertain the fitness of the geospatial data set for an intended use; and, b) Determine the availability, means of accessing, and to successfully transfer a set of geospatial data.
Federal agencies commonly use this standard to document geospatial data. To date, it has been implemented beyond the federal level with state and local governments adopting the metadata standard as well.
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