org.opengis.metadata
Interface Metadata


@UML(identifier="MD_Metadata",
     specification=ISO_19115)
public interface Metadata

Root entity which defines metadata about a resource or resources.

Since:
GeoAPI 2.0

Method Summary
 Collection<? extends AcquisitionInformation> getAcquisitionInformation()
          Provides information about the acquisition of the data.
 Collection<? extends ApplicationSchemaInformation> getApplicationSchemaInfo()
          Provides information about the conceptual schema of a dataset.
 CharacterSet getCharacterSet()
          Full name of the character coding standard used for the metadata set.
 Collection<? extends ResponsibleParty> getContacts()
          Parties responsible for the metadata information.
 Collection<? extends ContentInformation> getContentInfo()
          Provides information about the feature catalogue and describes the coverage and image data characteristics.
 Collection<? extends DataQuality> getDataQualityInfo()
          Provides overall assessment of quality of a resource(s).
 String getDataSetUri()
          Uniformed Resource Identifier (URI) of the dataset to which the metadata applies.
 Date getDateStamp()
          Date that the metadata was created.
 Distribution getDistributionInfo()
          Provides information about the distributor of and options for obtaining the resource(s).
 String getFileIdentifier()
          Unique identifier for this metadata file, or null if none.
 Collection<String> getHierarchyLevelNames()
          Name of the hierarchy levels for which the metadata is provided.
 Collection<ScopeCode> getHierarchyLevels()
          Scope to which the metadata applies.
 Collection<? extends Identification> getIdentificationInfo()
          Basic information about the resource(s) to which the metadata applies.
 Locale getLanguage()
          Language used for documenting metadata.
 Collection<Locale> getLocales()
          Provides information about an alternatively used localized character string for a linguistic extension.
 Collection<? extends Constraints> getMetadataConstraints()
          Provides restrictions on the access and use of data.
 Collection<? extends MetadataExtensionInformation> getMetadataExtensionInfo()
          Information describing metadata extensions.
 MaintenanceInformation getMetadataMaintenance()
          Provides information about the frequency of metadata updates, and the scope of those updates.
 String getMetadataStandardName()
          Name of the metadata standard (including profile name) used.
 String getMetadataStandardVersion()
          Version (profile) of the metadata standard used.
 String getParentIdentifier()
          File identifier of the metadata to which this metadata is a subset (child).
 Collection<? extends PortrayalCatalogueReference> getPortrayalCatalogueInfo()
          Provides information about the catalogue of rules defined for the portrayal of a resource(s).
 Collection<? extends ReferenceSystem> getReferenceSystemInfo()
          Description of the spatial and temporal reference systems used in the dataset.
 Collection<? extends SpatialRepresentation> getSpatialRepresentationInfo()
          Digital representation of spatial information in the dataset.
 

Method Detail

getFileIdentifier

@Profile(level=CORE)
@UML(identifier="fileIdentifier",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
String getFileIdentifier()
Unique identifier for this metadata file, or null if none.

Returns:
Unique identifier for this metadata file, or null.

getLanguage

@Profile(level=CORE)
@UML(identifier="language",
     obligation=CONDITIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Locale getLanguage()
Language used for documenting metadata.

Returns:
Language used for documenting metadata, or null.
Condition:
Not defined by encoding.

getCharacterSet

@Profile(level=CORE)
@UML(identifier="characterSet",
     obligation=CONDITIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
CharacterSet getCharacterSet()
Full name of the character coding standard used for the metadata set.

Returns:
character coding standard used for the metadata, or null.
Condition:
Not used and not defined by encoding.

getParentIdentifier

@UML(identifier="parentIdentifier",
     obligation=CONDITIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
String getParentIdentifier()
File identifier of the metadata to which this metadata is a subset (child).

Returns:
Identifier of the metadata to which this metadata is a subset, or null.
Condition:
Hierarchy level is not equal to ScopeCode.DATASET.

getHierarchyLevels

@UML(identifier="hierarchyLevel",
     obligation=CONDITIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Collection<ScopeCode> getHierarchyLevels()
Scope to which the metadata applies.

Returns:
Scope to which the metadata applies.
Condition:
Hierarchy level is not equal to ScopeCode.DATASET.

getHierarchyLevelNames

@UML(identifier="hierarchyLevelName",
     obligation=CONDITIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Collection<String> getHierarchyLevelNames()
Name of the hierarchy levels for which the metadata is provided.

Returns:
Hierarchy levels for which the metadata is provided.
Condition:
Hierarchy level is not equal to ScopeCode.DATASET.

getContacts

@Profile(level=CORE)
@UML(identifier="contact",
     obligation=MANDATORY,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Collection<? extends ResponsibleParty> getContacts()
Parties responsible for the metadata information.

Returns:
Parties responsible for the metadata information.
Since:
GeoAPI 2.1

getDateStamp

@Profile(level=CORE)
@UML(identifier="dateStamp",
     obligation=MANDATORY,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Date getDateStamp()
Date that the metadata was created.

Warning: The return type of this method may change in GeoAPI 3.1 release. It may be replaced by a type matching more closely either ISO 19108 (Temporal Schema) or ISO 19103.

Returns:
Date that the metadata was created.

getMetadataStandardName

@Profile(level=CORE)
@UML(identifier="metadataStandardName",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
String getMetadataStandardName()
Name of the metadata standard (including profile name) used.

Returns:
Name of the metadata standard used, or null.

getMetadataStandardVersion

@Profile(level=CORE)
@UML(identifier="metadataStandardVersion",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
String getMetadataStandardVersion()
Version (profile) of the metadata standard used.

Returns:
Version of the metadata standard used, or null.

getDataSetUri

@UML(identifier="dataSetURI",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
String getDataSetUri()
Uniformed Resource Identifier (URI) of the dataset to which the metadata applies.

Returns:
Uniformed Resource Identifier of the dataset, or null.
Since:
GeoAPI 2.1

getLocales

@UML(identifier="locale",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Collection<Locale> getLocales()
Provides information about an alternatively used localized character string for a linguistic extension.

Returns:
Alternatively used localized character string for a linguistic extension.
Since:
GeoAPI 2.1

getSpatialRepresentationInfo

@UML(identifier="spatialRepresentationInfo",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Collection<? extends SpatialRepresentation> getSpatialRepresentationInfo()
Digital representation of spatial information in the dataset.

Returns:
Digital representation of spatial information in the dataset.

getReferenceSystemInfo

@Profile(level=CORE)
@UML(identifier="referenceSystemInfo",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Collection<? extends ReferenceSystem> getReferenceSystemInfo()
Description of the spatial and temporal reference systems used in the dataset.

Returns:
Spatial and temporal reference systems used in the dataset.

getMetadataExtensionInfo

@UML(identifier="metadataExtensionInfo",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Collection<? extends MetadataExtensionInformation> getMetadataExtensionInfo()
Information describing metadata extensions.

Returns:
Metadata extensions.

getIdentificationInfo

@Profile(level=CORE)
@UML(identifier="identificationInfo",
     obligation=MANDATORY,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Collection<? extends Identification> getIdentificationInfo()
Basic information about the resource(s) to which the metadata applies.

Returns:
The resource(s) to which the metadata applies.

getContentInfo

@UML(identifier="contentInfo",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Collection<? extends ContentInformation> getContentInfo()
Provides information about the feature catalogue and describes the coverage and image data characteristics.

Returns:
The feature catalogue, coverage descriptions and image data characteristics.

getDistributionInfo

@Profile(level=CORE)
@UML(identifier="distributionInfo",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Distribution getDistributionInfo()
Provides information about the distributor of and options for obtaining the resource(s).

Returns:
The distributor of and options for obtaining the resource(s).

getDataQualityInfo

@Profile(level=CORE)
@UML(identifier="dataQualityInfo",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Collection<? extends DataQuality> getDataQualityInfo()
Provides overall assessment of quality of a resource(s).

Returns:
Overall assessment of quality of a resource(s).

getPortrayalCatalogueInfo

@UML(identifier="portrayalCatalogueInfo",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Collection<? extends PortrayalCatalogueReference> getPortrayalCatalogueInfo()
Provides information about the catalogue of rules defined for the portrayal of a resource(s).

Returns:
The catalogue of rules defined for the portrayal of a resource(s).

getMetadataConstraints

@UML(identifier="metadataConstraints",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Collection<? extends Constraints> getMetadataConstraints()
Provides restrictions on the access and use of data.

Returns:
Restrictions on the access and use of data.

getApplicationSchemaInfo

@UML(identifier="applicationSchemaInfo",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
Collection<? extends ApplicationSchemaInformation> getApplicationSchemaInfo()
Provides information about the conceptual schema of a dataset.

Returns:
The conceptual schema of a dataset.

getMetadataMaintenance

@UML(identifier="metadataMaintenance",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115)
MaintenanceInformation getMetadataMaintenance()
Provides information about the frequency of metadata updates, and the scope of those updates.

Returns:
The frequency of metadata updates and their scope.

getAcquisitionInformation

@UML(identifier="acquisitionInformation",
     obligation=OPTIONAL,
     specification=ISO_19115_2)
Collection<? extends AcquisitionInformation> getAcquisitionInformation()
Provides information about the acquisition of the data.

Returns:
The acquisition of data.


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