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GEOSS Earth Observation Standards Taxonomy

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Short summary of Best Practice:

This is a taxonomy of standards specific to Earth Observation categories.  It is meant to be used in the GEOSS Standards and Interoperability Registry (SIR), the GEOSS Components and Services Registry (CSR), and other areas of GEOSS where this taxonomy can be beneficial.  It is placed here for comment before official release.  When released, this taxonomy will be deployed in the SIR for use, primarily, with the SIR and CSR.

Explain why is there a need for this Best Practice?

The SIR already has a taxonomy deployed to support categorization of submitted Earth Observation standards.  This initial taxonomy is linear and contains 17 categories, where there are long descriptions of the categories instead of focused defintions meant to be controlled.  This was a good beginning, but feedback for this initial taxonomy was that it lacked breadth, depth, and focused definitons.  Therefore, it was decided to create a standards taxonomy that met the requirements of breadth, depth, and controlled definitions.

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How widely deployed is this practice(if applicable)?

Not deployed yet, but is meant for GEOSS.  It could be of interest to other implementations of Earth Observation standards registries.

Owner (Originator) Contact Information:

This taxonomy was created by a sub-group of the ICEO Standards Working Group (ISWG).  Contact should be made to Steven F. Browdy at

Submitter Contact Information:

This taxonomy was submitted by Steven F.Browdy at

Detailed Description of Best Practice

This taxonomy will be presented in a number of pages, where each page is a full or partial section of the taxonomy.  This will make it easier for the management of comments and feedback, and will facilitate the zeroing in on a desired section, or specific taxonomy catgeory, faster.  You can find the hierarchical listing of the taxonomy categories in the Taxonomy Heirarchy.

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