ISO 15836:2009 establishes a standard for cross-domain resource description, known as the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set. Like RFC 3986, this International Standard does not limit what might be a resource. ISO 15836:2009 defines the elements typically used in the context of an application profile, which constrains or specifies their use in accordance with local or community-based requirements and policies. However, it does not define implementation detail, which is outside the scope of ISO 15836:2009.
|Full name||ISO 15836:2009, Information and documentation – The Dublin Core metadata element set|
|Published by||ISO/TC 46/SC 4|
|Type of standard||ISO International Standard Application level|
|Related standard(s)||ISO 19115:2003, Geographic information -- Metadata|
|Application||This standard specifies how to document metadata for a wide variety of resources.|
Because ISO 15836 is so popular, it is probably useful for providing high-level metadata of the likes of a dataset series (e.g. a national medium scale mapping series), so that it can be documented with other resources within the organisation. However, because it uses free text and is at a high level, it is difficult to use effectively any such metadata describing an individual geo-spatial dataset, never mind describing individual features within the dataset.