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ISO 19115 North American metadata import problems

Question asked by jwolff on Oct 25, 2017
Latest reply on Nov 2, 2017 by Dan_Patterson

My organization requires North American Profile of ISO 19115 2003 metadata.  Using this style in ArcCatalog I populated all the necessary information in a copy of my shapefile.  I would like to simply import the 'static' metadata into a new copy of the .shp i have created.  (The .shp schema are identical - they were created using the same process.)


Using import tools do not work.


I've even tried physically deleting the .shp.xml from the new.shp and replacing it with the 'good' .xml file in windows file explorer - but in the Description tab in ArcCatalog not everything shows up and I cannot edit it (not that I need to, but it's obviously behaving differently).


What do I need to do in order to simply import preferred metadata content from a .xml into a newly created shapfile?

Thanks - Justin