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At present, we have some metadata that are useful or that are of greater use as in the case of data of Administrative Divisions, Rivers, Roads, and Crops at the level of Latin America, and metadata for the Honduras project.
For further information contact: GIS Communications

Metadata consist of information that characterizes data. Metadata are used to supply information on the data produced. In essence, metadata try to respond to the questions who, what, when, where, why, and how, on each one of the relative facets to the data that are documented.

The production of georeferenced information in CIAT has achieved its objectives with respect to the management that these require regarding their production and updating. Consequently, the data are used by the different projects or users that require them.

Taking into account the importance of the production of information, in recent years the need has arisen to organize these data both for access and diffusion. Thus, at the start of this year, CIAT is participating both in organizing and facilitating the International Seminar of National Infrastructures of Spatial Data and Metadata Workshop.

Considering international standards, CIAT has chosen to work with the standard of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) (Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata) for the production of the metadata. Consequently, we can have georeferenced information for publication and/or exchange data with other organizations. To create the metadata we use the METALITE tool that allows us to enter the most minimum data that a metadata should have and to generate various formats (HTML, SGML, TEXT).

A metadata is a detailed data of the information produced, this being a value added to the information, which permits the documentation of data that will serve to support those who use the information that the project has available. Metadata contain basic information on the data such as, for example, information of who publishes the data, how they are organized, who distributes them, and their restrictions. The information described in a metadatum should be complete and correct.

You can access some of the metadata that have been generated. The search can be carried out through:

[Latin America] [Countries]

Latin America


[Colombia] [Costa Rica] [Honduras - Mitch Atlas]


Costa Rica


Zones Themes

Mitch Atlas
Settlements - in Spanish
Villages - in Spanish
Watersheds 10,000 - in Spanish
5,000 - in Spanish
2,000 - in Spanish
Contour lines - in Spanish
Geology - in Spanish
Administrative divisions Municipalities - 1974 - in Spanish
Municipalities - 1988 - in Spanish
Departments - 1988 - in Spanish
Use capacity - in Spanish
Climate - in Spanish
Ecofloral zones - in Spanish
Tropical forest - in Spanish
Altitudinal ranges - Hypsometry - in Spanish
Land use 1986 - Classification LANDSAT TM images - in Spanish
Land use 1994 - Classification LANDSAT TM images - in Spanish
Mangroves - in Spanish
Olson ecosystems - in Spanish
Slopes - in Spanish
Roads - in Spanish
Humid areas - in Spanish
Hydrographical watersheds 1000 Km2 - in Spanish
200 Km2 - in Spanish
500 Km2 - in Spanish
Local Soils - in Spanish
Soils classification - Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) - in Spanish
Forest use - Forestry map - in Spanish
Recommended land use- in Spanish

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