Metadata Working Group

On the 13th June 2018, the Australian and New Zealand, Location Information Metadata Working Group (ANZ MDWG) was re-established by request of the ANZLIC – the Spatial Information Council (ANZLIC) and the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM).

The working group will support a wider understanding and consistent application of location information metadata, based on agreed standards.

Link to videoMetadata: What is it, and why is it so important ?

Preparing metadata for GDA2020 and the AGRS

This document provides information about upgrades to the AGRS, recommendation on how to record it in the metadata and a number of examples covering common use cases. Contact for more information and feedback.


  Meeting #6 Presentations and Report
1 Meeting outline and outcomes - Irina Bastrakova
2 W3C Standards - Simon Cox
3 ISO and OGC - Chris Body
4 Data Quality IG - Mingfang Wu

Survey results - Irina Bastrakova

6 GDA2020 Update - Joel Haasdyk
7 Data and related services - Melanie Barlow
8 MDWG - Communication and Promotions - Irina Bastrakova
9 Technical Documentation, in four parts - Byron Cochrane
10 NAA -  Digital Continuity Policy 2020 - Irina Bastrakova for NAA 
11 TERN -Controlled Vocabularies and Data Integration - Jenny Mahuika
12 Marine Community Profile (MCP) transition to ISO 19115-3 - Natalia Atkins
13 Review of the ANZLIC/ICSM Metadata Working Group Roadmap – Graham Logan and Irina Bastrakova
14 Minutes of Meeting
15 ANZLIC/ICSM MDWG Action Items

Link to Reference documents and previous meeting reports and presentations


Terms of Reference

  • Actively monitor and assess the impact of future changes to metadata standards, in order to advise ANZLIC on policy impacts and stakeholders on the scale and impact of technical changes, through the managed knowledge of current national capabilities in metadata.
  • Create and maintain a roadmap documenting what the MDWG is going to undertake and when.
  • Develop, and manage a series of best practice resources (profiles, applications, websites (ANZLIC and ICSM), FAQs, models) to assist both general and technical audiences in understanding, implementing and managing the latest versions of metadata standards.
  • Engage with interested industry organisations (SIBA, ESRI, etc.) to communicate working group developments and directions.
  • Provide advice to spatial communities on the value, implementation and management of metadata and associated systems.
  • Provide a forum for metadata custodians to share and exchange knowledge related to implementing, maintaining and updating metadata frameworks.
  • Provide a forum for inward and outward communication between international (ISO and OGC peak bodies), other interest groups (Australian Government Linked Data Working Group, GeoNetwork community of practice etc.) to inform and seek feedback from core foundation spatial data custodians.
  • Govern associated metadata tools, models, vocabularies, and resources, which are published on by ICSM and or ANZLIC.
  • Report to ICSM and ANZLIC on key activities, and metadata developments.