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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.

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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

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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 SURN11.zip file and it doesn't have any metadata xml there. ftp://portaldata:freedata@ftp.isc.ca/PackagedData/ISC/SURN.zip Maybe just contact them. I'm sure they have it given the HTML that they are showing.

Unless I'm wrong ; ) anyone?

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The SURN.zip actually does have several metadata files i.imgur.com/dmBIAxz.png 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: portaldata:freedata@ftp.isc.ca/PackagedData/ISC/SURN.zip –  sirgeo Jan 24 '13 at 19:21

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