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FGDC for Data Discovery - Mandatory

The FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata includes fields in the Identification Information and Metadata Reference Sections that are mandatory for data discovery. In the graphical representation of the standard, these are yellow fields included in yellow sections.

Source: CSDGM Graphical Representation Mandatory FGDC metadata fields - data.gov

ConceptDescriptionDialect (Fit) Paths
Resource TitleA short description of the resource. The title should be descriptive enough so that when a user is presented with a list of titles the general content of the data set can be determined.DIF /dif:DIF/dif:Entry_Title
DIF /dif:DIF/dif:Data_Set_Citation/dif:Dataset_Title
ECHO /*/echo:ShortName>/*/echo:LongName
ECS /*/ecs:ShortName > /*/ecs:LongName
DCAT dct:title
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:idinfo/fgdc:citation/fgdc:citeinfo/fgdc:title
ISO /*/gmd:identificationInfo/*/gmd:citation/gmd:CI_Citation/gmd:title/gco:CharacterString
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:identificationInfo/*/mri:citation/cit:CI_Citation/cit:title/gco:CharacterString
Originating OrganizationThe organization responsible for creating the resourceDIF /dif:DIF/dif:Originating_Center
ECHO /*/echo:ProcessingCenter
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:distinfo/fgdc:distrib/fgdc:cntinfo/fgdc:cntperp/fgdc:cntorg
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:idinfo/fgdc:citation/fgdc:citeinfo/fgdc:origin
ISO /*/gmd:identificationInfo/*/gmd:citation/gmd:CI_Citation/gmd:citedResponsibleParty/gmd:CI_ResponsibleParty[gmd:role/gmd:CI_RoleCode='author']/gmd:organisationName/gco:CharacterString
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:identificationInfo/*/mri:citation/cit:CI_Citation/cit:citedResponsibleParty/cit:CI_Responsibility[cit:role/cit:CI_RoleCode='author']/cit:party/cit:CI_Organisation/cit:name/gco:CharacterString
Publication DateDate of publication of the cited resourceDIF /dif:DIF/dif:Data_Set_Citation/dif:Dataset_Release_Date
DIF /dif:DIF/dif:Reference/dif:Publication_Date
ECHO /*/echo:InsertTime
ECS /*ecs:CitationforExternalPublication
DCAT dct:issued
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:idinfo/fgdc:citation/fgdc:citeinfo/fgdc:pubdate
ISO //gmd:CI_Citation/gmd:date/gmd:CI_Date[gmd:dateType/gmd:CI_DateTypeCode='publication']/gmd:date/gco:Date
ISO //gmd:CI_Citation/gmd:date/gmd:CI_Date[gmd:dateType/gmd:CI_DateTypeCode='publication']/gmd:date/gco:DateTime
ISO-1 //cit:CI_Citation/cit:date/cit:CI_Date[cit:dateType/cit:CI_DateTypeCode='publication']/cit:date/gco:DateTime
AbstractA paragraph describing the resource.

Note: This concept is called "Desciption" in Catalog Services for the Web.
DIF /dif:DIF/dif:Summary/dif:Abstract
ECHO /*/echo:Description
ECS /*/ecs:CollectionDescription
DCAT dct:description
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:idinfo/fgdc:descript/fgdc:abstract
ISO /*/gmd:identificationInfo/*/gmd:abstract/gco:CharacterString
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:identificationInfo/*/mri:abstract/gco:CharacterString
PurposeA paragraph describing the original purpose for collecting the dataset.DIF (1) /dif:DIF/dif:Summary/dif:Purpose
ECHO (1) /*/SuggestedUsage
ECS (1) /*/ecs:SuggestedUsage1
FGDC (1) /fgdc:idinfo/fgdc:descript/fgdc:purpose
ISO (1) /*/gmd:identificationInfo/*/gmd:purpose/gco:CharacterString
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:identificationInfo/*/mri:purpose/gco:CharacterString
Resource StatusThe status of the resourceDIF /dif:DIF/dif:Data_Set_Progress
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:idinfo/fgdc:status
ISO /*/gmd:identificationInfo/gmd:MD_DataIdentification/gmd:status/gmd:MD_ProgressCode
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:identificationInfo/*/mri:status/mcc:MD_ProgressCode
Resource Update FrequencyThe frequency with which changes and additions are made to the data set after the initial data set is completedFGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:idinfo/fgdc:status/fgdc:update
ISO /*/gmd:metadataMaintenance/gmd:MD_MaintenanceInformation/gmd:maintenanceAndUpdateFrequency
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:metadataMaintenance/mmi:MD_MaintenanceInformation/mmi:maintenanceAndUpdateFrequency
Temporal ExtentThe temporal extent of the resourceDIF /dif:Temporal Coverage
ECHO /*/Temporal/RangeDateTime
ECS /ecs:RangeBeginningDate
ECS /ecs:RangeEndingDate
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:idinfo/fgdc:timeperd/fgdc:timeinfo/fgdc:rngdates
ISO /*/gmd:MD_DataIdentification/gmd:extent/gmd:EX_Extent/gmd:temporalElement/gmd:EX_TemporalExtent
ISO-1 /*/mri:MD_DataIdentification/mri:extent/gex:EX_Extent/gex:temporalElement/gex:EX_TemporalExtent
Bounding BoxA bounding box for identifying a geographic area of interest

Note: This concept is called "Coverage" in the CSW Specification
DIF /dif:DIF/dif:Spatial_Coverage
ECHO /*/echo:Spatial/echo:HorizontalSpatialDomain/echo:Geometry/echo:BoundingRectangle
ECS /*/ecs:Spatial/ecs:HorizontalSpatialDomain/ecs:BoundingRectangle
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:idinfo/fgdc:spdom/fgdc:bounding
ISO /*/gmd:identificationInfo/gmd:MD_DataIdentification/gmd:extent/gmd:EX_Extent/gmd:geographicElement/gmd:EX_GeographicBoundingBox
ISO /*/gmd:identificationInfo/srv:SV_ServiceIdentification/srv:extent/gmd:EX_Extent/gmd:geographicElement/gmd:EX_GeographicBoundingBox
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:identificationInfo/*/mri:extent/gex:EX_Extent/gex:geographicElement/gex:EX_GeographicBoundingBox
Resource Access ConstraintsInformation about any constraints for accessing the data set. This includes any special restrictions, legal prerequisites, limitations and/or warnings on obtaining the data set. Some words that may be used in this field include: Public, In-house, Limited, Additional detailed instructions on how to access the data can be entered in this field.DIF /dif:DIF/dif:Access_Constraints
ECHO /*/echo:RestrictionFlag
ECHO /*/echo:RestrictionComment
ECHO /*/echo:Visible
ECS /*/ecs:AccessConstraints
DCAT /dct:accessLevel
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:idinfo/fgdc:accconst
ISO /*/gmd:identificationInfo/*/gmd:resourceConstraints/gmd:MD_LegalConstraints/gmd:accessConstraints/gco:CharacterString
ISO /*/gmd:identificationInfo/*/gmd:resourceConstraints/gmd:MD_LegalConstraints/gmd:otherConstraints/gco:CharacterString
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:identificationInfo/*/mri:resourceConstraints/mco:MD_LegalConstraints/mco:accessConstraints/gco:CharacterString
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:identificationInfo/*/mri:resourceConstraints/mco:MD_LegalConstraints/mco:otherConstraints/gco:CharacterString
Resource Use ConstraintsInformation about how the data may or may not be used after access is granted to assure the protection of privacy or intellectual property. This includes any special restrictions, legal prerequisites, terms and conditions, and/or limitations on using the data set. Data providers may request acknowledgement of the data from users and claim no responsibility for quality and completeness of data.DIF /dif:DIF/dif:Use_Constraints
ECHO /*/echo:RestrictionFlag
ECHO /*/echo:RestrictionComment
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:idinfo/fgdc:useconst
ISO /*/gmd:identificationInfo/*/gmd:resourceConstraints/gmd:MD_Constraints/gmd:useLimitation/gco:CharacterString
ISO /*/gmd:identificationInfo/*/gmd:resourceConstraints/gmd:MD_LegalConstraints/gmd:useConstraints/gmd:MD_RestrictionCode
ISO /*/gmd:identificationInfo/*/gmd:resourceConstraints/gmd:MD_LegalConstraints/gmd:otherConstraints/gco:CharacterString
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:identificationInfo/*/mri:resourceConstraints/mco:MD_Constraints/mco:useLimitation/gco:CharacterString
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:identificationInfo/*/mri:resourceConstraints/mco:MD_LegalConstraints/mco:useConstraints/mco:MD_RestrictionCode
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:identificationInfo/*/mri:resourceConstraints/mco:MD_LegalConstraints/mco:otherConstraints/gco:CharacterString
KeywordA word or phrase that describes some aspect of a resource. Can be one of several types.

Note: The general identification keywords usually have a type of "theme" and are refered to as "theme keywords". Other types and vocabularies are used for other information. Service Entry Resource Format (SERF) requires a Science and a Service GCMD Keyword. This concept is called "Subject" in the CSW Specification.
DIF (1) /dif:DIF/dif:Parameters/dif:Category
DIF (1) /dif:DIF/dif:Parameters/dif:Topic
DIF (1) /dif:DIF/dif:Parameters/dif:Term
DIF (1) /dif:DIF/dif:Parameters/dif:Variable_Level_1
DIF (1) /dif:DIF/dif:Parameters/dif:Variable_Level_2
DIF (1) /dif:DIF/dif:Parameters/dif:Variable_Level_3
DIF (1) /dif:DIF/dif:Parameters/dif:Detailed_Variable
ECHO (1) /*/echo:ScienceKeywords/echo:ScienceKeyword/echo:CategoryKeyword
ECHO (1) /*/echo:ScienceKeywords/echo:ScienceKeyword/echo:TopicKeyword
ECHO (1) /*/echo:ScienceKeywords/echo:ScienceKeyword/echo:TermKeyword
ECHO (1) /*/echo:ScienceKeywords/echo:ScienceKeyword/echo:VariableLevel1Keyword/echo:Value
ECHO (1) /*/echo:ScienceKeywords/echo:ScienceKeyword/echo:VariableLevel2Keyword/echo:Value
ECHO (1) /*/echo:ScienceKeywords/echo:ScienceKeyword/echo:VariableLevel3Keyword
ECHO (1) /*/echo:ScienceKeywords/echo:ScienceKeyword/echo:DetailedVariableKeyword
ECS (1) /*/ecs:DisciplineTopicParameters/ecs:DisciplineKeyword
ECS (1) /*/ecs:DisciplineTopicParameters/ecs:TopicKeyword
ECS (1) /*/ecs:DisciplineTopicParameters/ecs:TermKeyword
ECS (1) /*/ecs:DisciplineTopicParameters/ecs:VariableKeyword
DCAT dct:keyword
FGDC (1) /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:idinfo/fgdc:keywords/fgdc:theme/fgdc:themekey
ISO (1) /*/gmd:identificationInfo/*/gmd:descriptiveKeywords/gmd:MD_Keywords[gmd:type/gmd:MD_KeywordTypeCode='theme']/gmd:keyword/gco:CharacterString
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:identificationInfo/*/mri:descriptiveKeywords/mri:MD_Keywords[mri:type/mri:MD_KeywordTypeCode='theme']/mri:keyword/gco:CharacterString
Distribution LiabilityStatement of the liability assumed by the distributor.FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:distinfo/fgdc:distliab
Distribution ContactContact information for the organization or individual that distributes the resource.DIF /dif:DIF/dif:Data_Center/dif:Personnel/dif:Role
ECHO /*/echo:ArchiveCenter
ECS /*/ecs:ArchiveCenter
DCAT dct:contactPoint
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:distinfo/fgdc:distrib/fgdc:cntinfo
ISO /gmd:MD_Metadata/gmd:distributionInfo/gmd:MD_Distribution/gmd:distributor/gmd:MD_Distributor/gmd:distributorContact/gmd:CI_ResponsibleParty
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:distributionInfo/mrd:MD_Distribution/mrd:distributor/mrd:MD_Distributor/mrd:distributorContact/cit:CI_Responsibility
Metadata ContactThe organization or person currently responsible for the metadata.DIF /dif:DIF/dif:Personnel[dif:Role='DIF AUTHOR']
DIF /dif:DIF/dif:Originating_Metadata_Node
ECHO /*/echo:ArchiveCenter
ECS /*/ecs:Contact[Role='Archive']
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:metainfo/fgdc:metc/fgdc:cntinfo
ISO /*/gmd:contact
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:contact/cit:CI_Responsibility
Metadata Standard CitationThe name of the standard to which the metadata conformsDIF /serf:DIF/serf:Metadata_Name
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:metainfo/fgdc:metstdn
ISO /gmd:MD_Metadata/gmd:metadataStandardName
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:metadataStandard
Metadata Standard VersionThe name of the standard to which the metadata conformsDIF /serf:DIF/serf:Metadata_Version
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:metainfo/fgdc:metstdv
ISO /gmd:MD_Metadata/gmd:metadataStandardVersion
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:metadataStandard/cit:CI_Citation/cit:identifier/mcc:MD_Identifier/mcc:version
Ordering InstructionsGeneral instructions, terms and services provided by the distributorECHO /*/echo:Orderable
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:distinfo/fgdc:distrib/fgdc:storder/fgdc:ordinst
ISO /*/gmd:distributionInfo/gmd:MD_Distribution/gmd:distributor/gmd:MD_Distributor/gmd:distributionOrderProcess/gmd:MD_StandardOrderProcess/gmd:orderingInstructions/gco:CharacterString
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:distributionInfo/mrd:MD_Distribution/mrd:distributor/mrd:MD_Distributor/mrd:distributionOrderProcess/mrd:MD_StandardOrderProcess/mrd:orderingInstructions/gco:CharacterString
Resource Cost or FeesCost associated with access to the resourceDIF /dif:DIF/dif:Distribution/dif:Fees
ECHO /*/echo:Price
FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:distinfo/fgdc:distrib/fgdc:storder/fgdc:fees
ISO /*/gmd:distributionInfo/gmd:MD_Distribution/gmd:distributor/gmd:MD_Distributor/gmd:distributionOrderProcess/gmd:MD_StandardOrderProcess/gmd:fees/gco:CharacterString
ISO-1 /mdb:MD_Metadata/mdb:distributionInfo/mrd:MD_Distribution/mrd:distributionFormat/mrd:MD_Format/mrd:formatDistributor/mrd:MD_Distributor/mrd:distributionOrderProcess/mrd:MD_StandardOrderProcess/mrd:fees/gco:CharacterString
TurnaroundTypical turnaround time for the filling of an order.FGDC /fgdc:metadata/fgdc:distinfo/fgdc:distrib/fgdc:storder/fgdc:turnaro

xPath Note: The xPaths included in this table use several wildcards. // means any path, so //gmd:CI_ResponsibleParty indicates a gmd:CI_ResponsibleParty anywhere in an XML file. /*/ indicates a single level with several possible elements. This usually indicates one of several concrete realizations of an abstract object. For example /*/gmd:identificationInfo could be gmd:MD_Metadata/gmd:identificationInfo or gmi:MI_Metadata/gmd:identificationInfo and gmd:identificationInfo//*/gmd:descriptiveKeywords could be gmd:identificationInfo/gmd:MD_DataIdentification/gmd:descriptiveKeywords or gmd:identificationInfo/srv:SV_ServiceIdentification/gmd:descriptiveKeywords. Fit: The fit of the dialect path with the concept is estimated on a scale of 1 = excellent two-way fit, 2 = one-way fit or some other problem, 3 - extension required.

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