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


News and developments

18.08.2021 - Deployment of adaptations on

On 19.08.2021 a deployment took place on the production environment of The mapping from to takes over the adaptations made in 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 can be found here.

IFDG datasets: Please note that for a correct display on, 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

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

  • Terms of use

If the conditions of use are entered in according to the specifications (OPEN, OPEN BY, OPEN ASK and OPEN BY ASK), they are also transferred to 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 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 application.

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

Users of must take note of this document.

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

- 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 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 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

- 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

The documentation for publishing geospatial metadata on 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  


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 

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 even after validation. Deleting a validated RO can only be done by an administrator of the 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 v 3.6


A new version of, 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. 





The FIG  took place on 22 March 2022 (9 am - 12 pm / online and on site).


The agenda was as follows:

  • Introduction ( team, FIG 2020)
  • Review (news, migration to EKS, geoservices, validation of harvested metadata, metadata concept 2020-2025)
  • Objectives ( V4, Search Engine Optimization SEO, Usability Study, statistics, GM03 revision, Wiki)
  • Miscellaneous (INT environment, metadata export, URL control, API, training, communication)
  • Conclusion

The presentation and the video are available here.


The presentations of previous FIGs are available here.

FIG metadata

In the context of the revision of the Swiss metadata model for geodata GM03 we would like to organise a FIG metadata meeting at the end of August - beginning of September.

An update of the model (information on basic geodata, geoservices, update on INSPIRE, ISO, GeoDCAT, ...) as well as a simplification of the current model is necessary.

The aim of the FIG metadata is to discuss the future metadata model for Switzerland and to see which attributes it should contain.

Participation in the FIG is open to all and registration can be done through this Doodle.


Previous metadata FIG presentations are available here.

Trainings training

If you wish to follow a training course on the application, please contact us:


swisstopo conference on 6 May 2022: "Les géométadonnées suisses, leur avenir et leur mise en réseau",  "Schweizer Geometadaten, ihre Zukunft und Vernetzung"

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)
Regamey, Benoît (F, D, E)
(+41 58 465 83 31)
Zürcher, Rolf (D, F)



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