Spatial Data Organization Information Editor (FGDC Metadata)
 
 
 
NoteInformation about each field is displayed at the bottom of the dialog box when you click in the field.

Access the Spatial Data Organization Information Editor from the Metadata Editor. Describe the methods you used to represent spatial information in the data set, and how the data is organized, including direct and indirect spatial references. The fields in the Spatial Data Organization Information Editor accept metadata about the number and type of objects in your data set, the terminology set you use to describe the data, and other information about the nature of the data.

To add records using the Record Navigator

To edit a compound metadata element

In the Display Manager, select a layer. Click Tools View Metadata.

Spatial Data Organization

Describe the methods you use for your data. Indirect data describes the location of the spatial data, while direct data tells users how you visually represented the data in your resource.

Indirect spatial reference

Specify the methods you used to identify geographic locations, for example, formal methods (such as the Geographic Names Index system place names, Public Land Survey System locations, or Federal Information Processing System location codes); or less formal methods such as the name of a county, or a street address. These references do not include coordinates.

Direct spatial reference method

Select the direct method you used to represent objects:

  • Point
  • Vector
  • Raster
Point and vector object information

Specify the type of vector or non-gridded point objects used in the data set, and how many there are. If the direct spatial reference method is either Point or Vector, select whether you use SDTS terms or VPF terms.

If you select either Point or Vector, the following fields are displayed:

  • SDTS Terms
  • VPF Terms
  • VPF Topology Level
  • Point And vector Object Type
  • Point And Vector Object Count
SDTS Terms/VPF Terms

This field name changes depending on the terminology set you select.

SDTS terms description

Select the appropriate point or vector information that uses terminology and concepts from Spatial Data Concepts, Part 1, Chapter 2, in Department of Commerce, 1992, Spatial Data Transfer Standard (SDTS) (Federal Information Processing Standard 173): Washington, Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology. The reference to the SDTS is used only as a name for the method used to describe the point and vector objects. This method is selected by default in the dialog box.

NoteIf you select one of the options, but later decide to select the other, close the Spatial Data Organization Information Editor and re-open it to reset the fields.

If you select SDTS terms, complete the following fields:

SDTS point and vector object type

Select the type of point or vector objects you use to identify zero-, one-, and two-dimensional locations in the data set.

Point and vector object count

Specify the number of point or vector objects in your data set.

VPF terms description

If you select VPF terms, complete the following fields as many times as necessary. Use the Record Navigator to add new fields.

VPF topology level

Indicate how completely the topology is represented in the data set. This field becomes available if you select VPF terms. These levels are defined in the following publication: Department of Defense, 1992, Vector Product Format (MIL-STD-600006): Philadelphia, Department of Defense, Defense Printing Service Detachment Office. The reference to the VPF is used only as a name for the method used to describe the point and vector objects.

VPF point and vector object type

Select one of the following:

  • Node
  • Edge
  • Face
  • Text

This is point or vector information that uses the terminology and concepts defined in: Department of Defense, 1992, Vector Product Format (MIL-STD-600006): Philadelphia, Department of Defense, Defense Printing Service Detachment Office.

VPF point and vector object count

Specify the number of point or vector objects in your data set.

Raster object information

If you select Raster as the direct spatial reference method, the following fields are displayed:

  • Raster object type
  • Row count
  • Column count
  • Vertical count

This describes the types of raster objects in the data set, and how many rows and columns they have for flat, rectangular objects; or the number of objects along the Z-axis (verticals) for three-dimensional, rectangular objects.

Raster object type

Select the type of raster objects you use to identify zero-, one-, and two-dimensional locations in the data set.

If you selected Point, Pixel, or Grid Cell, complete the following fields:

Row count

Enter the number of object rows along the Y-axis of the raster.

Column count

Enter the number of object rows along the X-axis of the raster.

If you selected Point, Pixel, or Grid Cell and the data is three-dimensional, complete the Vertical Count field.

Vertical count

Enter the number of objects along the vertical Z-axis.

FGDC Field ID Field Title Short Name Data Type
3.1 Indirect spatial reference indspref String
3.2 Direct spatial reference method direct Menu choice
3.3 Point and vector object information ptvctinf Compound
3.3.1.1 SDTS point and vector object type sdtstype Menu choice
3.3.1.2 Point and vector object count ptvctcnt Integer
3.3.2 VPF terms description vpfterm Compound
3.3.2.1 VPF topology level vpflevel Integer
3.3.2.2 VPF point and vector object information vpfinfo Compound
3.3.2.2.1 VPF point and vector object type vpftype Integer
3.4 Raster object information rastinfo Compound
3.4.1 Raster object type rasttype String
3.4.2 Row count rowcount Integer
3.4.3 Column count colcount Integer
3.4.4 Vertical count vrtcount Integer