NOAA Shoreline Website

A Guide to National Shoreline Data and Terms

FGDC National Shoreline Standards

Metadata Profile

Status: Endorsed in 2001

Summary: The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Shoreline Metadata Profile is to be used as an extension or profile to the existing Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM). The objective of the metadata profile is to capture the critical processes and conditions that revolve around creating and collecting shoreline data. The metadata produced using this standard will be important for clearinghouse activities to locate potential data sets and to indicate the fitness for use and accuracy of a given shoreline data set. This standard is intended to serve the community of users who are involved with geospatial data "activities" that intersect the U.S. shoreline. The profile extends the base metadata standard by providing additional terms and data elements required to support metadata for shoreline and coastal data sets.

Data Content Standard

Status: In development

Summary: The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) National Shoreline Data Content Standard provides a framework for shoreline data development, sharing of data, and shoreline data transformation and fusion. The standard defines attributes or elements that are common for shoreline data development. The standard provides suggested domains for the elements, including a reference to the Shoreline Metadata Profile of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata. Effective use of shoreline data requires a highly defined logical data structure that is interoperable, efficient, and applicable to a broad base of government and private-sector demands. Current practices have led to a highly variable shoreline data infrastructure. This standard is intended to enhance the shoreline framework by providing technical guidance on shoreline semantics, data structures, and their relationships to builders and users of shoreline data.