ANZLIC Metadata Project background

The ANZLIC Metadata Project is a collaborative initiative between Australian and New Zealand jurisdictions and government agencies. ANZLIC is committed to harmonising existing efforts to develop a single metadata profile for Australia and New Zealand and has established a project team to deliver a metadata profile and entry tool. The project is being managed on behalf of ANZLIC by the WALIS Office.

The outputs of the Project include:

  • a single ANZLIC Metadata Profile that is consistent with the new international metadata standard.
  • a freely available ISO compliant metadata entry tool based on the new Profile.

why is ANZLIC developing a metadata profile?

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published an international geographic information standard for metadata (known as ISO 19115:2003) in May 2003. The current metadata standard used in Australia is the ANZLIC Metadata Guidelines: Core metadata elements for geographic data in Australia and New Zealand. Version 2 (February 2001). This no longer complies with international standards.

There is an increasing demand around Australia and New Zealand to develop a new metadata profile based on the new international metadata standard ISO 19115, and various jurisdictions are already developing new profiles.

In response to these initiatives ANZLIC held two Metadata Workshops in February 2005 to harmonise efforts. All jurisdictions around Australia and New Zealand were represented at these workshops and there was general consensus amongst participants that existing efforts be harmonised to develop a new national metadata profile.

who’s involved in the project?

The Project Team comprises representatives from the ANZLIC national office, the Australian Government Office of Spatial Data Management (OSDM), the WALIS Office, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), the Australian Government Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS), Geoscience Australia (GA), the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) and the Australian Insitute of Marine Science (AIMS).

Mike Bradford, Metadata Project Manager (WA Department of Land Information)
Jenny Bone (OSDM)
John Hockaday (GA)
Dave Connell (AAD)
Garry Mahon (DSE)
Ross Honeyman (DSE)
Scott Bainbridge (AIMS)
Evert Bleys (BRS)
Richard Murcott (LINZ)

more information

For more information about the ANZLIC Metadata Project contact:

Mike Bradford
Manager, Business Programs, Information Access Division, Dept of Land Information, WA
Phone: 08 9273 7518
Email: [email protected]