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FAQ: What do the terms ISO 19115 and TC 211 mean?

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What do the terms ISO 19115 and TC 211 mean?

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ISO develops standards about everything from engineering and health to food and paper. All standards are developed by technical committees, which are identified by number. Technical committee (TC) 211 is creating standards about geographic information.

The documents generated by TC 211 are about how to document spatial references, positioning services, quality evaluation procedures, and so forth. Documents are also identified by number. The standard describing how metadata should be created for geographic data is document number 19115.