1.1 This standard will take effect on June 1, 2009. Departments will have until May 31, 2014 to fully implement section 6.1 of this standard.
1.2 This version of the standard incorporates updates effective April 1, 2012.
2.1 This standard applies to departments as defined in section 2 of the Financial Administration Act, unless excluded by specific acts, regulations or Orders in Council.
2.2 In this standard, any reference to all or part of national or international standards or specifications shall be construed as a reference to the most recent version of those standards or specifications, as well as any officially issued corrigendum. Any change to referenced national or international standards or specifications that affect this standard shall be implemented no later than one year after the effective date of the change.
2.3 Section 7.1 and the provisions in section 6.3.1 and 6.3.2 relating to the role of the Treasury Board Secretariat in monitoring compliance and directing consequences for non-compliance do not apply with respect to the Office of the Auditor General, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, the Office of the Information Commissioner, the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner. The deputy heads of these organizations are solely responsible for monitoring and ensuring compliance with the standard within their organizations, as well as for responding to cases of non-compliance in accordance with any Treasury Board instruments providing principles and guidance on the management of compliance.
3.1 Geospatial data is defined as data with implicit or explicit reference to a location relative to the Earth. This standard establishes the information infrastructure to support the discovery and use of geospatial information and to enable information sharing among departments, with other jurisdictions, and with the private sector.
3.2 Geospatial data important to social, economic and cultural well-being is produced or used by federal departments, the provinces, territories, and others. This includes mapping products to support activities such as search and rescue, geospatial intelligence, and fire fighting. Standardization is essential in this context. It allows data from one source to be easily used with those from another source to create a richer and more useful product. The Standard on Geospatial Data adopts measures that have been endorsed by federal departments, provincial and territorial governments, as well as by academic and private sector participants in the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure.
3.3 This standard will allow departments to share data and maximize utility of existing mapping and related products. Departments will also be able to exploit commercially available tools and software in common use around to world to discover, access and use geospatial data. This will result in significant efficiencies in the sharing and use of public sector mapping products. More broadly, it will support departments' mandated programs and services, allowing them to address and respond to economic, environmental and societal challenges more effectively.
3.4 This standard is issued under the authority of section 7 of the Financial Administration Act by the Secretary of the Treasury Board pursuant to Section 3.4 of the Policy on Information Management and section 3.5 of the Policy on the Management of Information Technology.
3.5 This standard is to be read in conjunction with the Policy on Information Management, and the Policy on the Management of Information Technology.
4.1 Definitions to be used in the interpretation of this standard are attached in Appendix A.
5.1.1 The objective of this standard is to support stewardship and interoperability of information by ensuring that departments access, use and share geospatial data efficiently and effectively to support program and service delivery.
5.2.1 Geospatial data is shared within and across departments to the greatest extent possible.
5.2.2 Programs and services are able to access and use geospatial data efficiently and effectively.
6.1.1 Applying ISO19115 Geographic information - Metadata according to the conditions outlined in Appendix B.
6.1.2 Applying all of the elements of ISO 19128 Geographic information - Web Map Server Interface according to the conditions outlined in Appendix C.
6.1.3 Applying the North American Profile of ISO19115 Geographic information - Metadata (NAP - Metadata), according to the conditions outlined in Appendix D.
6.2.1 Ensuring that software and systems acquired by departments in order to create, edit, generate, parse, harvest, extract, index, browse, or display and visualize metadata, maps or pictorial views of geospatial data comply with the requirements of 6.1.1, 6.1.2 and 6.1.3 or are modifiable to comply with these requirements.
6.3.1 IM Senior Officials are responsible for supporting their deputy head by overseeing the implementation and monitoring of this standard in their departments, bringing to the deputy head's attention any significant difficulties, gaps in performance or compliance issues and developing proposals to address them, and reporting significant performance or compliance issues to the Chief Information Officer Branch of Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.
6.3.2 The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat will monitor compliance with all aspects of this standard and the achievement of expected results in a variety of ways, including but not limited to assessments under the Management Accountability Framework, examinations of Treasury Board submissions, Departmental Performance Reports, results of audits, evaluations, and studies.
6.3.3 Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat will review this standard and its effectiveness at the five-year mark from the effective date of the standard (or earlier if warranted).
7.1.1 Consequences of non-compliance can include informal follow-ups and requests from Treasury Board Secretariat, external audits, or formal direction on corrective measures.
Note: This section identifies other departments that have a role in the standard. In and of itself, this section does not confer an authority.
8.1.1 The Treasury Board Secretariat provides interpretive advice and guidance on this standard.
As a department with subject matter expertise in geospatial standards, Natural Resources Canada:
8.2.1 may provide subject matter expertise and advice on the application of this standard, in conjunction with the Inter-Agency Committee on Geomatics or other departments as appropriate.
8.2.2 may provide subject matter expertise and advice in the review of this standard and on compliance issues, in conjunction with the Inter-Agency Committee on Geomatics or other departments as appropriate.
Please direct enquiries about this standard to your department's headquarters. For interpretation of this standard, departmental headquarters should contact:
Information Management Division
Chief Information Officer Branch
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Ottawa ON K1A 0R5
Copies of standards, specifications, or related information may be obtained from the sources:
Standards Council of Canada
270 Albert Street, Suite 200
Ottawa ON K1P 6N7
https://int.scc.ca/forums/gc/dispatch.cgi (this site restricts access to Government of Canada employees only)
International Organization for Standardization:
ISO 19115 provides a comprehensive set of metadata terms and definitions that describe digital geospatial data and outlines the characteristic properties of the data to be recorded, as well as the values each property should have.
The following conditions apply to the implementation of ISO 19115.
ISO 19128 defines protocols to provide interoperable, uniform access by Hyper Text Mark-up Language (HTML) clients to maps rendered by map servers on the Internet. Software complying with ISO 19128 enables the automatic overlay in ordinary Web browsers of map images obtained from multiple map servers, regardless of map scale, projection, earth coordinate system, storage format, or vendor solution.
The following conditions apply to the implementation of ISO 19128.
The North American Profile of ISO 19115 - Geographic information - Metadata (NAP - Metadata), published by the Canadian General Standards Board, identifies the geospatial metadata that are needed for North America to describe geospatial data, including dataset and dataset series, and related Web services. It supports the interoperability of geospatial information, providing a common framework for the description and representation of geospatial metadata. In addition, this Profile provides a mechanism to support cultural and linguistic adaptability by enabling representation of free text in multiple languages and by introducing the NAP Metadata Register describing metadata in multiple languages. It outlines the characteristic properties of the data to be recorded, as well as the values each property should have, to ensure that metadata elements are encoded in a clear and consistent manner. The best practices included in the Profile will help to enhance NAP metadata, to support data management, discovery, distribution, application and archive within and beyond their organization.
The following conditions apply to the implementation of NAP: