Before publishing or update datasets, you must register for an account.
- Ensure that metadata for data and services are complete, accurate, and compliant with metadata standards prior to registering. Please consult the Metadata Best Practices (PDF) resource to ensure that metadata meets the publication criteria for the catalog. For more resources, visit the Documents and References page.
- Once your metadata is ready for publication, create a publisher account with Data.gov. Once the account is approved, use our How to Register Data (PDF) resource as your guide through the publication process.
Since the mid-1990s, the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM) has been the U.S geospatial metadata standard. But, as the amount of geospatial data continues to increase, International metadata standards are emerging in the geospatial community. The FGDC has an endorsed a number of ISO metadata standards in an effort to encourage federal agencies to transition to ISO metadata standards over the next few years.
There are a wide variety of metadata tools available to support the development and management of geospatial metadata. Before choosing a metadata tool, you may want to consider these evaluation questions to help determine the best metadata tool for you. Once you’ve determined your needs, select your metadata tool for creating and editing geospatial metadata as well as additional tools for validating metadata for compliance with the CSDGM standard.