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Is there an "almost always available" service URL for a public Catalog Service (CSW) available anywhere?

I'm keen to test CSW client capabilities without having to configure a CSW server.

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Does this happen to be for your SSSI workshop ;) – Nathan W Aug 23 '12 at 4:01
Mostly, but also for general reference. It's no use trying interoperability between two products for the first time just before it has become critical :-) – PolyGeo Aug 23 '12 at 4:04
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Many thanks Luke - I just expanded your URL to… to get exactly what I was after – PolyGeo Aug 23 '12 at 11:01

You can also see a list of CSW (using pycsw) server deployments at

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Thanks Tom - so far I have not been able to find a Profile to use with the CSW Client for ArcGIS that results in a successful search but I will keep trying. – PolyGeo Sep 27 '12 at 10:37

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