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This paper discusses the two main geospatial profiles of Z39.50, the Catalogue Interoperability profile (CIP) and the GEO profile. CIP is intended for access to Space Agency catalogues while GEO is targeted for geographical information system (GIS) and Geospatial data holdings. A proposal for an alignment of CIP with GEO has recently been made to try to maximize the interoperability between the GEO world and the CIP world, while not reducing the functionality of either. Complete alignment is not possible as this would mean an exact equivalence between the profiles. There were differences in concept, and partially in (Metadata) content. In considering this alignment the more obvious similarities and discrepancies between CIP and other Z39.50 profiles are highlighted.

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Authors: BEST C, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Earth Observation Workshop: From Producer to User, Boulder (US), October 7-9, 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 41013 ORA
Record Number: 199711574 / Last updated on: 1997-12-09
Original language: en
Available languages: en