Geographic Information Systems Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for cartographers, geographers and GIS professionals. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

How do you take metadata information from a url like this and create an xml file that ArcCatalog's "import xml" metadata tool will accept? I have tried a few variations on pasting the url information into a text editor and saving as xml but haven't found the right method. I am using ArcGIS 10.

share|improve this question
There is no straightforward way to convert HTML metadata to XML metadata. Are there any alternative parameters to the URL that return metadata in XML format? – blah238 Jan 23 '13 at 20:54
none that I could find. – sirgeo Jan 23 '13 at 21:54
The download zip contains an xsl file. Have you tried using the XSL file to do the transform? – nmtoken Mar 13 at 10:39

Hmmm... they've transformed the XML to formatted HTML. Not sure if there is an easy way to reverse that. Not sure why, but I downloaded the file and it doesn't have any metadata xml there. Maybe just contact them. I'm sure they have it given the HTML that they are showing.

Unless I'm wrong ; ) anyone?

share|improve this answer
The actually does have several metadata files but I couldn't get the ArcCatalog import tool to accept any of them. – sirgeo Jan 23 '13 at 21:52
See if you can post them somewhere online and then someone can take a look. – awesomo Jan 24 '13 at 1:09
they (the metadata files) are all in the zip file here: – sirgeo Jan 24 '13 at 19:21

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.