Canada's Standard on Geospatial Data requires that federal government departments and agencies implement internationally recognized standards that support consistent data management and stewardship, and that increase the interoperability of geospatial information across government. This standard specifically requires the use of the ISO 19115 standard for geographic metadata.
As federal departments and agencies worked together to implement this standard, and results were integrated within Canada's Federal Geospatial Platform, small but significant variations began to be apparent. Over 20 federal departments worked together to harmonize their implementation of the ISO standard for metadata, improving overall consistency and quality of metadata for Canada's geospatial data. This presentation will discuss the challenges and rewards of a broad enterprise application this metadata standard, in terms of Canada's experience, and will be of interest to those coordinating or consolidating metadata from multiple sources.