This lesson steps you through how to create INSPIRE Metadata v2 for dataset metadata using the ArcGIS Online Metadata Editor. With ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9, this tutorial also applies to creating INSPIRE Metadata in the ArcGIS Enterprise portal.
|UPDATED 23-June-2021 to include steps using the new INSPIRE Reference Validator, plus additional tips for 'Legal Constraint > Use limitation' to improve your open data catalog.|
This lesson assumes that you have content in ArcGIS Online, for example, a hosted Feature Layer, and your organization administrator has enabled metadata with the European ‘INSPIRE Metadata Directive’ style.
Verify that you are signed in, have privileges to create content and that your organization has enabled metadata.
From the 'My Content' tab of the content page, click the title of the item you want to create INSPIRE metadata.
Begin by reviewing the item Settings and updating as needed. Click on the ‘Settings’ tab.
As appropriate, mark the item as ‘Authoritative’ and check the box to enable delete protection. Check the ‘Export Data’ box to allow others to export different formats. This will enable downloads for your open data. Click ‘Save’ then return to the Item ‘Overview’ tab to return to the Item details page.
In the ‘Overview’ Item details page, click the ‘Metadata’ button to open the Metadata Editor and follow the instructions below.
INSPIRE/ISO 19139 Metadata has eight main sections presented in a tabbed interface in the Metadata Editor. Each section has tabbed subsections containing associated metadata elements.
When you open the editor for the item for the first time, the editor is populated with existing metadata elements from the Item details page: title, tags, snippet, description, accessinformation, licenseinfo, and extent.
If you published the feature layer from a layer in ArcGIS Pro that already contained metadata, the metadata would flow through to ArcGIS Online.
Click 'Validate' to reveal the INSPIRE required elements dialog.
Clicking the metadata editor 'Validate' runs a check to see what required elements have not yet been completed. A click-through dialog is presented for the missing required values, denoted with a yellow circle. Use this dialog to guide you through the creation of your INSPIRE metadata. Depending on if you have some metadata already completed, the metadata elements required to be completed may differ slightly from what is shown below.
To start, click ‘Hierarchy Level - A value is required.’ Your cursor moves automatically to the element in the metadata editor, in this case, ‘Hierarchy Level’ with a dropdown menu.
Continue clicking through each Validate message and provide the required information in the field specified. The following provides detailed guidance for completing each metadata element to create valid INSPIRE Metadata:
Use the popup map to interactively draw a bounding box around the extent of your data; Click ‘OK’
If you add a Creative Commons license (CC0, CC BY, CC BY-SA) by either the name or the URL and share to a Hub catalog, the the item’s dataset page will display the Creative Commons license icon and will link to the appropriate license details web page. If you add an Open Data Commons license (PDDL, ODbL, ODC-By), the dataset page will display the license name and link to the appropriate license details web page.
*Note, depending on your answers to the above metadata elements, additional elements may be required. Click ‘Validate’ again to reveal required quality information.
Click ‘Save’ to save the metadata. Click ‘View’ then the ‘Save and View’ button to view the metadata in a separate tab.
Important: The metadata are presented in human-friendly HTML. However, the external INSPIRE Reference Validator requires XML encoded metadata. To view as XML, find and delete “&output=html” from the URL string (hit ‘Enter’ on your keyboard to refresh the page with the edited URL).
Copy the URL of the XML metadata from your browser menu bar. Alternatively, use your browser ‘File > Save As’ menu to save the XML file to use with the INSPIRE Reference Validator.
In a web browser, open the official INSPIRE Reference Validator and click ’Test your data, services, or metadata’ to start a test.
The validator is already configured to test your metadata using the Technical Guidelines version 2.0 for data sets and data set series metadata. Verify your answer to the antispam question.
Add your metadata to be tested
Follow instructions to provide your metadata to test and click ’Start test’.
Check the Status of your report
The validator runs its tests and generates a report. View the results to see your metadata "Passed" inspection. If you left fields blank or incorrectly filled in metadata elements when creating your metadata, it may fail some tests. Click the “See report” link to expand sections and view detailed results. Then, return to the ArcGIS Metadata Editor and update your metadata, as needed.
For your convenience, you can download the example metadata file used in this lesson along with the Validator 'Passed' report (generated 18-May-2021) to assist you in your metadata creation.
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