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On this page you will find a list of developments, news and announcements of geocat.ch, the Swiss catalogue for geodata. Documents are only available in german and french

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18.08.2021 - Deployment of geocat.ch adaptations on opendata.swiss

On 19.08.2021 a deployment took place on the production environment of opendata.swiss. The mapping from geocat.ch to opendata.swiss takes over the adaptations made in geocat.ch from the end of June 2021 (see Deploy Info of 28.06.2021).

It concerns the following attributes:

  • Online resources and formats

The new protocols (MAP:PREVIEW, ESRI:REST and format-specific download protocols) are adopted. This makes it possible to display the formats per resource more visibly and also to display them in the data overview. More information on how to enter this information into geocat.ch can be found here.

IFDG datasets: Please note that for a correct display on geo.admin.ch, the DOWNLOAD:URL protocol must be maintained for the time being. The format-specific download protocols cannot yet be transferred correctly to the infobox (legend) of geo.admin.ch

The MAP:PREVIEW links on geo.admin.ch are initially entered by the geocat.ch team. The organisations/offices concerned are informed individually before the links are entered on geocat.ch PROD.

  • Terms of use

If the conditions of use are entered in geocat.ch according to the specifications (OPEN, OPEN BY, OPEN ASK and OPEN BY ASK), they are also transferred to opendata.swiss. If this entry is missing, the condition of use defined by the organisation will continue to be displayed. You can find more information about entering these conditions in geocat.ch here.

  • Language of the database

For each resource, the languages for which a link is entered are displayed. All languages entered for the distribution are displayed as languages of the dataset.

Anyone wishing to publish Swiss (incl. Liechtenstein) geometadata may use the geocat.ch application.

The terms of use of geocat.ch are included in the following legal notice and terms of use of the geocatalogue "geocat.ch ".

Users of geocat.ch must take note of this document.

https://www.geocat.admin.ch/en/about-geocat-ch/users.html

The adjustments made mainly concern the following points:

- Updating of certain MDs for the cantons of Nidwalden and Obwalden.

- Provision of the "URL control" functionality for the user administrators of each partner (detailed information will be sent to each user administrator).

- The default value when selecting a catalogue is no longer "Canton of Fribourg" but the (one of) the catalogue(s) accessible by the connected partner.

- Deletion of the icon "? "icon and replacement by the appropriate icon for downloads and links.

- Homogenisation of the language encoding for ISO19139 and geocat.ch.

- Some translations in the application have been improved.

- Update of the GEMET and INSPIRE thesaurus (keywords) with the latest versions available.

- Correction of a minor configuration problem in the harvesting part.

The following errors, caused by the migration to version 3.10, have been fixed: 

  • Problems with publishing and depublishing own metadata records.
  • Display and selection problems with the reusable objects "Extensions".

The documentation for publishing geospatial metadata in opendata.swiss is now available in english

24.06.2020 - correction of problem with geographical extent

The installation of version 3.10 has led to a problem with the geographical extent resulting in the depublication of some metadata. This problem has been resolved and the affected metadata is now being published correctly again.

08.06.2020 - new version geocat.ch 3.10

The new version includes, among other improvements, the following new features:

- User search :

Allows you to configure a single or multi-criteria user search and store it as a "favorite" above the facets.

If the bookmarked search is multi-criteria, it is possible to delete some of them in the filters, without redefining the configured search.

The saved search can be made available to other users in the group.

- Addition of the JSON-LD format in the search profile.

 

In addition, the following functions have been improved/corrected in version V3.10 of geocat.ch:

- Improvement of the search for invalid URLs. Using the administrator console, user-administrators now have access to the analysis of links showing invalid URLs.

- Security problem.

- Correction of the rss feed.

- Correction of reusable objects control during MD validation.

20.04.2020 - documentation for publishing geometadata on opendata.swiss

The documentation for publishing geospatial metadata on opendata.swiss have been revised. You can download it from here (in German).

Two corrections have been made. One corrects an error that lead to invalid datasets after editing. The other improves the multilanguage labelling of the two attributes "Identifier" and "Basic Geodata ID". 

the latest deploy contains the following adjustments:

  • Adjustments of different display of download numbers in german and in french (overview list).
  • Adjustments between the different languages in default view.
  • Optimisation of the display for the field "description of origin" (Data Quality).
  • Consideration of subscript characters during PDF export.
  • Various adjustments for harvesting process. 
 
 

The latest deploy contains the following improvements and adjustments:

  • adding a description to all attributs in simple view. 
  • problems with xml-imports have been solved..
  • editing Reusable Objects (RO) straight in XML-view.
  • the naming of the contact types  (i.e. data owner) has been simplified.
 

Since September 9th, geometadata from Canton Berne are published in geocat.ch.  

 

Currently there are problems with exporting large amounts of csv- and zip-files (>50). We are working on a solution. Until then we ask you to export only small batches of data.  

 

Since August 26th, geometadata from Canton of Aargau are published in geocat.ch. 

Deploy with the following improvements and adjustments:

  • Manage directory (Reusable Objects): die application remains in the respective directory when editing Reusable Objects (RO). It no longer automatically to the directory "Organisations and Contacts" after saving and closing. 
  • The selection lists are now standardised when editing metadata.
  • When in editing mode, auto-complete is enabled to search for a geographic extent. 
  • Harvested metadata are now marked with an icon. This applies to the result list of the metadata as well as the default view.
  • The editing rights of the RO have been redefined. As before, a registered user can duplicate all ROs, save them within his own group and edit them. Now he can edit and update the RO of his group himself in geocat.ch even after validation. Deleting a validated RO can only be done by an administrator of the geocat.ch team.
  • When editing metadata, the metadata can be linked to a resource also via the UUID of the parent record.
  • Several minor corrections of v 3.6 (fields for the Rhaeto-Romanic language have been implemented consistently, missing fields have been added in the "complete view" mode, in addition the names of some fields have been adapted and optimized, ...).

 

 

New version geocat.ch v 3.6

 

A new version of geocat.ch, based on GeoNetwork 3.6, has been in operation since Tuesday, April 23 2019. Version 3.6 includes the following improvements:

  • More userfriendly validation: it is now clearly shown which fields have to be corrected. Furthermore, the most common validation errors are formulated more precisely.
  • Advanced search: optimisation of the search function and correction of errors. 
  • URL control: all URLs are checked during validation of the metadata, also those contained in the text fields (e.g. description).
  • Console admin (for administrators): Change of appearance and access to additional information. The menu "reports" can be used to export information which metadata was uploaded or updated in a certain time period. 

 

 
 
 
 

FIG

FIG geocat.ch

The next FIG geocat.ch will take place on 22 March 2022.

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At the last FIG geocat.ch more in-depth discussions were held in working groups.

  • Optimisation of attributes in geocat.ch: At the general request of the participants, a document of good practice for the input of metadata in geocat.ch will be elaborated. This document should not only facilitate the input of metadata but also aim at a certain standardisation of input between different organisations/groups.
  • Publishing geoservices: The documentation of geoservices in the form of metadata as such offers several advantages and will be studied by the geocat.ch team.
  • Harvesting with geocat.ch: A working group will be set up in order to define the functionalities and the interface for a pre-validation check based on Core/GM03. Partners wishing to join this group can write to us at geocat@swisstopo.ch.

 

The presentations of previous geocat.ch FIGs are available here.

FIG metadata

Within the framework of the FIG metadata, two working groups have been created and for each of them a Kickoff session online took place in January and February 2021.

 

Previous metadata FIG presentations are available here.

Trainings

geocat.ch training

If you wish to follow a training course on the geocat.ch application, please contact us: geocat@swisstopo.ch

 

Previous training course presentations are available here.


Arnaud, Raphaëlle (F, D, E) (+41 58 467 69 40)
Humar, Tania (D, E)
(+41 58 485 06 08)
Quinquis, Michel (F)
(+41 58 469 04 66)
Zürcher, Rolf (D, F)

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