[gdal-dev] Shapefile reprojection - copy and update metadata file

Matt Wilkie matt.wilkie at gov.yk.ca
Wed Sep 3 12:31:54 EDT 2008

Doug_Newcomb at fws.gov wrote:
> Hmm, The first few lines of the metadata for an older shapefile ( as
>  opposed to personal geodatabase) look a bit different

Without examining things closely, I've seen variance in how ArcGIS 
populates the metadata (which fields it choses to fill out). It seems to 
treat shapes differently from geodatabases feature classes & feature 
datasets differently from coverages.

> A quick visual overview of the metadata .xml file associated with 
> this shape file does not reveal any other differences.  In other 
> words, the act of reprojecting the shapefile does not seem to be
> reflected in any automatic captured history in the shapefile
> metadata.

There is a checkbox in Arccatalog to enable/disable automatic metadata 
update. Perhaps this is why the example you note was not changed? In my 
tests locally the projection is always updated. The attached .xml were 
created by projecting a polygon shapefile from Albers to UTM to WGS84.


matt wilkie
Geographic Information,
Information Management and Technology,
Yukon Department of Environment
10 Burns Road * Whitehorse, Yukon * Y1A 4Y9
867-667-8133 Tel * 867-393-7003 Fax

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