FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM)


CSDGM is applicable to any geospatial data. Its goal is to define the information required by a prospective user to determine the availability of a set of geospatial data, the fitness the set of geospatial data for an intended use, and the means of accessing the set of geospatial data, and to enable successful transfer. It was developed in response to Presidential Executive Order 12906, "Coordinating Geographic Data Acquisition and Access: The National Spatial Data Infrastructure".


Content Standard

Stage of Maturity

Existing - the item is available for public use, has been released or widely adopted, and is sponsored or maintained

Notes: The current version, version 2.0, was produced in 1998.


the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), a US federal interagency committee


CSDGM is maintained by FGDC


Nation Use - adopted by a country or sovereign state, or principal agency thereof

Notes: CSDGM is required of all federal agencies and of projects/programs funded through US federal funds, and so it is quite widely used.


Email, telephone and physical mail contacts for questions are listed on the FGDC website; the FGDC page also has links to training sessions and additional online guidance documents.


Several profiles and extensions exist for CSDGM that are relevant to marine data: the shoreline profile, the biological data profile, and the remote sensing extension



FGDC maintains a list of tools for creating and working with CSDGM metadata