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International Standards Organisation ISO19115 Topic Categories

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DescriptionTerms defined by ISO describing data themes. Used to populate the mandatory ISO19115 topic category field.
CreatorInternational Organization for Standardization
Version Info0
Identifier P05
Register Manager British Oceanographic Data Centre
Register Owner International Organization for Standardization
Identifier PrefLabel Definition Date
002 biota Flora and/or fauna in the natural environment. Examples: wildlife; vegetation; biological sciences; ecology; wilderness; sealife; wetlands; habitat. 2005-04-27
003 boundaries Legal land descriptions. Examples: political and administrative boundaries. 2005-04-27
004 climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere Processes and phenomena of the atmosphere. Examples: cloud cover; weather; climate; atmospheric conditions; climate change; precipitation. 2005-04-27
005 economy Economic activities, conditions and employment. Examples: production; labour; revenue; commerce; industry; tourism and ecotourism; forestry; fisheries; commercial or subsistence hunting; exploration and exploitation of resources such as minerals, oil and gas. 2005-04-27
006 elevation Height above or below sea level. Examples: altitude; bathymetry; digital elevation models; slope; derived products. 2005-04-27
007 environment Environmental resources, protection and conservation. Examples: environmental pollution; waste storage and treatment; environmental impact assessment; monitoring environmental risk; nature reserves; landscape. 2005-04-27
001 farming Rearing of animals and/or cultivation of plants. Examples: agriculture; irrigation; aquaculture; plantations; herding; pests and diseases affecting crops and livestock. 2005-04-27
008 geoscientificInformation Information pertaining to Earth Sciences. Examples: geophysical features and processes; geology; minerals; sciences dealing with the composition, structure and origin of the earth's rocks; risks of earthquakes; volcanic activity; landslides; gravity information; soils; permafrost; hydrogeology; erosion. 2005-04-27
009 health Health, health services, human ecology, and safety. Examples: disease and illness; factors affecting health; hygiene; substance abuse; mental and physical health; health services. 2005-04-27
010 imageryBaseMapsEarthCover Base maps. Examples: land cover; topographic maps; imagery; unclassified images; annotations. 2005-04-27
012 inlandWaters Inland water features, drainage systems and their characteristics. Examples: rivers and glaciers; salt lakes; water utilization plans; dams; currents; floods; water quality; hydrographic charts. 2005-04-27
011 intelligenceMilitary Military bases, structures, activities. Examples: barracks; training grounds; military transportation; information collection. 2005-04-27
013 location Positional information and services. Examples: addresses; geodetic networks; control points; postal zones and services; place names. 2005-04-27
014 oceans Features and characteristics of salt water bodies (excluding inland waters). Examples: tides; tidal waves; coastal information; reefs. 2005-04-27
015 planningCadastre Information used for appropriate actions for future use of the land. Examples: land use maps; zoning maps; cadastral surveys; land ownership. 2005-04-27
016 society Characteristics of society and cultures. Examples: settlements; anthropology; archaeology; education; traditional beliefs; manners and customs; demographic data; recreational areas and activities; social impact assessments; crime and justice; census information. 2005-04-27
017 structure Man-made construction. Examples: buildings; museums; churches; factories; housing; monuments; shops; towers. 2005-04-27
018 transportation Means and aids for conveying persons and/or goods. Examples: roads; airports/airstrips; shipping routes; tunnels; nautical charts; vehicle or vessel location; aeronautical charts; railways. 2005-04-27
019 utilitiesCommunication Energy, water and waste systems and communications infrastructure and services. Examples: hydroelectricity; geothermal, solar and nuclear sources of energy; water purification and distribution; sewage collection and disposal; electricity and gas distribution; data communication; telecommunication; radio; communication networks. 2005-04-27