3 September 2001


[Federal Register: July 27, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 145)]
[Page 39188-39189]
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Geological Survey

Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC); Public Review of 
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Extensions for Remove 
Sensing Metadata

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: The FGDC is conducting a public review of the draft Content 
Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Extensions for Remote Sensing 
Metadata. An interagency team under the sponsorship of the FGDC 
Standards Working Group developed this draft standard over several 
years and the FGDC Coordination Group comprised of representatives from 
Federal agencies approved releasing this standard for public review. 
The FGDC invites software vendors and data users and producers in 
public and private sectors to comment on this standard to ensure that 
the standard meets their needs.
    Comments that address specific issues/changes/additions may result 
in revisions to the draft NSDI Content Standard for Digital Geospatial 
Metadata: Extensions for Remove Sensing Metadata. After comments have 
been evaluated, participants will receive notification of how their 
comments were addressed. After formal endorsement of the standard by 
the FGDC, the standard and a summary

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analysis of the changes will be made available to the public.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before Friday, August 31, 2001.

ADDRESSES: The draft standard may be downloaded via Internet address
    Request for printed copies of the standard should be addressed to 
``Extensions for Remote Sensing Metadata,'' FGDC Secretariat (attn: 
Julie Binder Maitra), U.S. Geological Survey, 590 National Center, 
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192 or facsimile 703-
648-5755 or Internet at
    Reviewer's comments may be sent to FGDC via Internet mail to gdc- Reviewer's comments may also be sent to the 
FGDC Secretariat at the above postal address. If sending comments by 
postal mail, please send one hardcopy version of the comments and a 
softcopy version on 3.5-inch diskette in Microsoft Word or Rich Text 
Format. All reviewers are strongly urged to use the template for 
sending comments that may be downloaded from Internet address

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Following is information about the draft 
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Extensions for Remote 
Sensing Metadata, submitted by the FGDC Standards Working Group:
    Objectives: The purpose of this standard is to provide extensions 
to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for 
Digital Geospatial Metadata (also referred to hereafter as the Metadata 
Content Standard) for metadata describing geospatial data obtained from 
remote sensing. Efforts are being made to make these extensions 
compatible with the framework and content of the ISO metadata standard 
now undergoing the approval process, in order that the FGDC standard 
can be converted to ISO form for use as remote sensing extensions to 
the ISO standard.
    Scope: These extensions define content standards for additional 
metadata, not defined in the Metadata Content Standard, that are needed 
to describe data obtained from remote sensing. They include metadata 
describing the sensor, the platform, the method and process of deriving 
geospatial information from the raw telemetry, and the information 
needed to determine the geographical location of the remotely sensed 
data. In addition, metadata to support aggregation, both the components 
of an aggregate data set and the larger collection of which a data item 
may be a member, will be supported.

Karen Siderelis,
Geographic Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 01-18748 Filed 7-26-01; 8:45 am]