Question: Does metadata need to comply with the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM), Version 2 (FGDC-STD-001-1998)?

Answer: According to AC 150/5300-17B, orthophotography metadata must comply with CSDGM.

According to AC 150/5300-18B, metadata must comply at varying levels:

At the project level, certain metadata elements such as submitter name and organization, date of submittal, and accuracy must comply, because they are entered into the FAA Airports-GIS web site.

At the data set level, some elements of metadata reflected in the Geodetic Control, Imagery and Survey & Quality Control Plans must comply.

At the feature level, attributes such as Status, Alternative and, as desired, Description can carry additional metadata.

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