FGDC spatial reference info missing when using Export Metadata

08-20-2020 02:30 PM
Occasional Contributor II

When I export metadata to the FGDC standard using the Export Metadata tool in ArcGIS Pro 2.5.0, the spatial reference information section, aka the spref element, is missing. The information is shown when I view the item description, but it doesn't get exported. I have tried this with multiple feature classes from different file gdbs. For context, the Export Metadata tool in ArcMap will export the section correctly from the same data sources. I have tried upgrading the file geodatabases and synchronizing the metadata and nothing works. Am I missing a step? Can't find any discussion of this anywhere.

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Esri Contributor

Hi Evan, warm greetings. It was nice working with you on the case. For anyone else who has the same question, this is a known defect: 

  • BUG-000124294- In ArcGIS Pro, when an Extensible Markup Language (XML) file is generated using the Export Metadata command from the catalog view, it fails to add the spatial reference or 'spref' syntax information in the file.
  • Current Status: In Product Plan
  • Statuses- https://community.esri.com/docs/DOC-8293-statuses-for-arcgis-ideas
  • Workaround: Use the ArcCatalog stand-alone application.
MVP Esteemed Contributor

Update: As of today (2.7.1 release) BUG-000124294 is still marked as "In Product Plan"

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