From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

How ISO Does It

The first principle of REST is “Give Everything an ID”. Given this principle, one might measure of how “RESTful” a metadata standard might be is the number of id’s that are included in the standard. The original FGDC standard has none, the Directory Interchange Format (DIF) and the FGDC Remote Sensing Extensions (RSE) have one and the ISO 19115(-2) has 36.

ESIP Response


  • Xing, *Karl Benedict, John Scialdone,
  • Ed Armstrong – Yes, but what advantage will this give me?
  • Ken Casey – we have the start of this with our ATDB
  • Jeff Arnfield our “things” are identified, although various providers and authorities may identify the same “thing” using different identifiers.