I'm stuck trying to get metadata for vector-layers into a PostgreSQL database with PostGIS-Extension. The ESRI-Environment allows to define metadata (ISO, FGDC, INSPIRE,...) and saves this information together with the features e.g. in Oracle, FGDB, Shape/XML,...). QGIS provides metadata-properties for layers, but these don't find their way into PG.

Does someone know a solution to save metadata together with the features in PG (based on the common standards)?

  • What does speak against creating the needed attributes in your feature table or a joined table? You don´t really need an extra tool for it.
    – Matte
    Sep 3, 2017 at 18:07
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    ..have a look at gis.se:40994
    – huckfinn
    Sep 3, 2017 at 20:51
  • Can you give more information on how Esri stores INSPIRE metadata for a shapefile, are you saying it provides a tool to link the shapefile to metadata stored in a database? Or does it store the XML in the same folder as the shapefile (that is not in a database)?
    – nmtoken
    Dec 22, 2017 at 22:16
  • Hi! Due to holidays I will check it next week - normally ArcGIS stores Metadata fpr SHPs as a XML-File (same Filename). In Databases it stores Metadata natively within the database (but I have to do a deeper look in it).
    – Flo Xi
    Dec 28, 2017 at 19:42

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Here is a solution to store some metadata, you can customize the metadata model to be complient with INSPIRE, ISO, etc


The presentation https://youtu.be/IaIIGHuogwM

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