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GeoNetwork is a catalog application to manage spatially referenced resources. It provides powerful metadata editing and search functions as well as an interactive web map viewer. It is currently used in numerous Spatial Data Infrastructure initiatives across the world.


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  • Immediate search access to local and distributed geospatial catalogues
  • Uploading and downloading of data, graphics, documents, pdf files and any other content type
  • An interactive Web Map Viewer to combine Web Map Services from distributed servers around the world
  • Online editing of metadata with a powerful template system
  • Scheduled harvesting and synchronization of metadata between distributed catalogs
  • Support for OGC-CSW 2.0.2, ISO 1911x and DCAT-AP metadata profiles, OAI-PMH, SRU protocols
  • Fine-grained access control with group and user management
  • Multi-lingual user interface


The GeoNetwork Manual and Online Help are included in the docs/manual folder. This content is compiled into html pages during a release for a publishing on website.

The online help is compiled into html pages during a release and is included in the war web archive.

Developer Documentation

Developer documentation located in files in the code-base:

  • General documentation for the project as a whole is in this
  • Software Development Documentation provides instructions for setting up a development environment, building GeoNetwork, compiling user documentation, and making a releases.
  • Module specific documentation can be found in each module:

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