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Gemini 2.2 Profile for Geonetwork

Astun are pleased to announce that we’ve released our implementation of the Gemini 2.2 metadata profile as an official plugin for Geonetwork 3.0.x and later versions, and that it’s now available at the official Geonetwork metadata profile site metadata101.org.

So what does this mean?


It means that you can use Gemini 2.2 as a metadata standard within Geonetwork for creating records that can be published to data.gov.uk or for your own use. Installation is easy, just follow the instructions at the repository, making sure you pick the branch that matches your Geonetwork installation.

By creating a separate plugin for Gemini 2.2, it can be used alongside other profiles such as Medin, and Gemini 2.3 when it’s released. You can ensure your metadata is stored and validated against the correct profile, and that you see the correct dropdown lists and hints when you’re creating or editing records.

We’ve made sure that the validation rules align with those used on data.gov.uk, so no more tiresome tooing and froing to ensure your records are correct. We’ve also tried to make the error messages a little more friendly too, so it’s easier to understand if things do go wrong!

What’s next?


We’re currently testing the Gemini 2.2 profile against Geonetwork 3.4.x, and all signs point towards it working just fine. As soon as we’ve finished fully testing everything, we’ll update the repository and documentation to take this into account.

When Gemini 2.3 is released we will begin testing a new plugin, with the new schematron rules and any additional changes. This will include tools for translating from Gemini 2.2 to 2.3. The timescale for this is dependent on the official release of the new standard and the guidance as to what should happen to existing metadata published under Gemini 2.2.

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