Approach to facilitating geospatial data and metadata publication using a standard geoservice

ijgi logoAuthor(s): Sergio Trilles, Laura Díaz and Joaquín Huerta
ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 6: 126 (Published online 25 April 2017)

Abstract: Nowadays, the existence of metadata is one of the most important aspects of effective discovery of geospatial data published in Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs). However, due to lack of efficient mechanisms integrated in the data workflow, to assist users in metadata generation, a lot of low quality and outdated metadata are stored in the catalogues. This paper presents a mechanism for generating and publishing metadata through a publication service. This mechanism is provided as a web service implemented with a standard interface called a web processing service, which improves interoperability between other SDI components. This work extends previous research, in which a publication service has been designed in the framework of the European Directive Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) as a solution to assist users in automatically publishing geospatial data and metadata in order to improve, among other aspects, SDI maintenance and usability. Also, this work adds more extra features in order to support more geospatial formats, such as sensor data.

Keywords: metadata; geospatial data; geoservice; standard; spatial data infrastructures (SDI); Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE)