GeoNetwork is a catalog application to manage spatially referenced resources. It provides powerful metadata editing and search functions as well as an embedded interactive web map viewer. It is currently used in numerous Spatial Data Infrastructure initiatives across the world.

The software provides an easy to use web interface to search geospatial data across multiple catalogs, combine distributed map services in the embedded map viewer, publish geospatial data using the online metadata editing tools and optionally the embedded GeoServer map server. Administrators have the option to manage user and group accounts, configure the server through web based and desktop utilities and schedule metadata harvesting from other catalogs.

GeoNetowrk supports a wide range of standards. Metadata standards (ISO19115/ISO19119/ISO19110 following ISO19139, FGDC and Dublin Core), Catalog interfaces (OGC-CSW2.0.2 ISO profile client and server, OAI-PMH client and server, GeoRSS server, GEO OpenSearch server, WebDAV harvesting, GeoNetwork to GeoNetwork harvesting support) and Map Services interfaces (OGC-WMS, WFS, WCS, KML and others) through the embedded GeoServer map server.


  • Immediate search access to local and distributed geospatial catalogues.
  • Up- and downloading of data, graphics, documents, pdf files and any other content type.
  • An interactive Web Map Viewer to combine Web Map Services from distributed servers around the world.
  • A randomly selected Featured Map.
  • Recently updated entries, also accessible as RSS news feeds and as GeoRSS.
  • Online editing of metadata with a powerful template system.
  • Native support for ISO19115/ISO19119/ISO19139/ISO19110 and ISO Profiles, FGDC and Dublin Core formatted metadata.
  • Scheduled harvesting and synchronization of metadata between distributed catalogues (GeoNetwork, CSW, Z39.50, OGC WxS, WebDav, Thredds, Local filesystem, OAI-PMH).
  • Support CSW 2.0.2 ISO Profile, OAI-PMH, Z39.50 protocols.
  • Fine-grained access control.
  • Group and user management.
  • Multi-lingual user interface (中文, Deutsch, English, Español, Français, Nederlands, Рortuguês, Русский).

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