Metadata Editing

Bridge provides a basic editor for metadata properties to create ISO19139 metadata records. The purpose of this editor is to easily complete a minimal subset of required metadata elements.

  • Title

  • Abstract

  • ISO topic category

  • Keywords

  • Metadata contact

  • Data contact

  • Access constraints (used for data license)

  • Use constraints (also known as Fees)

  • Metadata language

When publishing metadata to GeoNetwork, Bridge will convert the metadata to ISO19139 format.

You can edit the metadata fields directly or click on the buttons beside each parameter to open the QGIS metadata editor.

Preview metadata

To show a preview of the metadata of the selected layer, click on the previewmetadata button

You will see the metadata in a new dialog formatted as a HTML webpage


Metadata validation

Bridge can use QGIS built-in validation tools and display the result of metadata validation. Click on the validatemetadata button to validate your metadata.

After validation a dialog with validation results is displayed.


Load metadata

If your layer has metadata in ISO19139 or ESRI-ISO (ISO 19115) format, and that metadata is available in an additional file stored along with the data file, QGIS will not automatically read it (QGIS only has native support for its own qmd format), but Bridge can import it. Select the layer in the Bridge dialog and then click on the Load metadata button loadmetadata

Bridge will look in the folder where the layer file is stored, and it will try to find a metadata file named either [layer_filename].[extension].xml or [layer_filename].xml` (that is, for a layer stored in countries.shp it will search for both countries.shp.xml or countries.xml). If such a file exist, and it is in one of the ISO formats metioned above, it will convert it to the QGIS metadata format and load it.

If such a file is not found, Bridge will ask you if you want to manually select it.


If you click on Yes a file browser will open, in which you can select the metadata file to import.

Note that some elements of the original metadata may get lost in the transformation. Also consider that changes in the metadata will not be automatically stored in the file where the metadata has been imported from.