Fair Insight Rule - Point of Contact - Check if a Metadata Point of Contact organization element exists

Point of Contact - Check if a Metadata Point of Contact organization element exists

This FAIR Insight rules checks for a point of contact organization for the metadata in ISO 19115 metadata records.

Central Point of Contact for the Resource

While there are many opportunities within the ISO metadata record to identify contacts, the inclusion of the organization’s Point of Contact enables Data.gov and the GeoPlatform to direct users to a single point of inquiry for the metadata resource. To facilitate discovery by ‘organization’ within Data.gov and the GeoPlatform, the Point of Contact should be the agency directly responsible for the metadata publication. In addition to designating the publishing agency as the Point of Contact, it is important to designate the associated Responsible Party Role as ‘publisher’, as shown below.

ISO 19115

  • Point of Contact: the agency responsible for publishing the resource MD_Metadata.identificationInfo>MD_DataIdentification.pointOfContact>CI_ResponsibleParty.organisationName

  • Agency Role: the agency should be indicated as the publisher of the resource

MD_Metadata.identificationInfo>MD_Identification.pointOfContact> CI_ResponsibleParty.role = “publisher”

The recommended source for agency and bureau names is Appendix C of the OMB Circular A-11 (“Preparation, Submission, and Execution of the Budget”). This is a government circular that is revised and reissued periodically. The current version is from 2016. A searchable list of agencies and bureaus (sub-agencies) can be found in the Federal Register of Agencies.

Multiple Responsibility.organisationName elements can be used to include the agency and bureau names as shown below. Responsibility

Organization Name: Department of the Interior


Organization Name: United States Geological Survey

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