[OSGeo-Discuss] New 52°North Metadata Management Project - con terra's smartEditor goes open source -

Ann Hitchcock a.hitchcock at 52north.org
Tue Feb 22 00:34:47 PST 2011

Dear List,


con terra GmbH, specialist in the development and operation of spatial data
infrastructures, and the 52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source
Software GmbH establish a new 52°North Open Source Project on metadata
management, based on con terra´s smartEditor software. 


Metadata is an essential means for providing access to spatial data and
spatial information services. Accordingly, metadata is one of the main
building blocks of INSPIRE, the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in
Europe. con terra’s smartEditor is a powerful component of the sdi.suite
terraCatalog for collecting and editing metadata, incorporating an extensive
range of INSPIRE functions. It is widely used at all administrative levels
from local authorities to state level departments. As such it feeds metadata
catalogues all across Europe. 


Time, however, does not stand still and both requirements and technologies
evolve continuously. With this in mind, con terra has decided to adopt the
52°North community process to evaluate new techniques which appear on the
horizon and to jointly embrace the development of advanced methods and tools
for metadata management.

As a first contribution, con terra has migrated its software product
smartEditor to this new 52°North open source project.  The software is now
available under the terms of the Apache 2.0 license
(http://52north.org/communities/metadata-management-community/) and can be
easily integrated in the Esri Geoportal Server. The smartEditor will
continue to be an integral part of the sdi.suite, shipped with the sdi.suite
terraCatalog and complimented with a full package of support and maintenance





Best regards,

Ann Hitchcock



Ann Hitchcock

52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH

Martin-Luther-King-Weg 24

48155 Muenster, Germany


tel. +49 (0)251 396371 -0

fax: +49 (0)251 396371 -11


a.hitchcock at 52north.org



General Managers:

Dr. Albert Remke, Dr. Andreas Wytzisk

Local Court Muenster HRB 10849


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