Metadata data model

Simplified Metadata data model diagram.

About the data model

This is a simplified data model for Metadata, based on the Metadata database used by the British Geological Survey to meet international spatial metadata standards such as the European INSPIRE Directive or ISO 19115.

We have simplified the model because we want to highlight the essence of the database without presenting an overly complex design. We have removed features and tables that relate to BGS-specific concepts that may not be relevant to others.


Please select the Metadata Data Model link below to get a copy of the main download:

To see an example Metadata database using this design you can download a Microsoft Access example below:

We can also provide examples for Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLServer on demand.

Terms of use

Terms of use: Free for commercial and non-commercial use.

Please acknowledge the material as:

Copyright/database right, reproduced with the permission of the British Geological Survey
© NERC 2012. All rights reserved.


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