I am looking for a free open source ISO metadata editor for the development of an enterprise database.

It will mostly be used for documenting shapefiles and GeoTIFFs.

Hoping that it will be an intuitive software since a range of skill levels will be working with it.

Any suggestions?


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Check out CatMDEdit. It's open-source and I think its pretty useful for editing metadata related to spatial data. From their website:

CatMDEdit is a metadata editor tool that facilitates the documentation of resources, with special focus on the description of geographic information resources.

It's also ISO compliant:

Metadata edition in conformance with "ISO 19115. Geographic Information - Metadata" standard (ISO 19115:2003/Cor 1 2006, ISO/TS 19139:2007 XML encoding). Edition interfaces adapted to different metadata profiles:

ISO 19115 comprehensive metadata model.

ISO 19115 Core metadata for geographic datasets.

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There is a metadata management tool for QGIS called "Metatools". I haven't tried it yet but it offers ISO style metadata handling:

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  • You probably already heard about GeoNetwork which is an osgeo project supporting metadata standards. You will find all information on the link above and an online example here.
  • MD Web is an open source for cataloging spatial information. It is ISO 19115 and ISO 19139 compliant. It is developed by a french research institute and available in French, English, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. See the editor page for more details.

If you just need to enter metadata information, I would also recommend using the Metatools QGIS plugin, but if you want to deploy a database, Geonetwork or MD-Web are probably more interesting.


Take a look at GeoNode. My colleagues and I have been using it for a while to set up a Spatial Data Infrastructure. It bundles PostGIS, GeoServer and GeoExplorer, to create a sort of a Content Management System for geospatial data. It's pretty interesting that I can just drag a shapefile to the browser and GeoNode will upload it to PostGis, register it on GeoServer and give me a form to fill in the metadata.


Have a look at the ISO 19115-compliant editor 'metabeta' developed by Regione Toscana (an italian local government).

DISCLAIMER: I am one of the developers for this product.


Beside GeoNetwork, as proposed by @simo, you may be interested by EUOSME. For more information, see there. See also this online example.

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