[geo-discuss] OSGeo/FOSS community response to INSPIRE metadata draft

Jo Walsh jo at frot.org
Thu Feb 15 12:09:09 UTC 2007

dear all,

On Sat, Feb 10, 2007 at 01:44:49PM +0100, Markus Neteler wrote:
> >http://www.ec-gis.org/inspire/whatsnew.cfm#1590 details the public
> >consultation process on metadata implementing rules. Years ago, Markus
> >set up a Free and Open Source Geospatial Software SDIC
> http://inspire.jrc.it/ir/sdic_view_step1_only.cfm?id=2163
> (or http://mpa.itc.it/markus/papers/sdic_call_fossdi.pdf)
Thanks so much for this, Markus.

- these are my "notes towards a response" written in the white heat of
angst, after reading through the draft on the train on the way back
from visiting Arnulf and the WhereGroup in Bonn. I started printing
the NAP Metadata Profile draft too, but WhereGroup's printer broke shortly
after the preamble. Perhaps it was sick of metadata profile drafts,
and who can blame it? The NAP draft drops you right in where the
Annexes start in the INSPIRE draft - there is a lot of detail in it -
i think it could benefit from the minimal abstract model approach.

Forgive any formatting errors - it's much easier on my eyes to write
into a terminal than to edit wiki pages in a browser.

- there are 6 weeks between now and when this is due. Next steps for
  me would be to read the material that came through the SDIC to find
  out if any form or structure is required or useful to provide. 

- when that's clear, i'd like to open this up more specifically to the
  freegis list and the geonetwork-devel community. 

- i'd be happy to become contact person for the SDIC but perhaps it's
  better that someone who is guaranteed-timely-responsive to email do it.

- even if this process is "illusion of participation", i've found it
  thought-sharpening and it's renewed my enthusiasm for DCLite4G.
  I never saw ISO19139 in that much detail before. It amazes me. 



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