e-GMS (e-Government Metadata Standard) Resources

e-GMS-e-Government Metadata Standard

Version 3.0


Views of the metadata standards published by the Office of the e-Envoy to define how metadata should be applied to government resources. eGMS is published in an XML format which extends the XML model used by local government controlled lists (see the standards page). The raw XML version of eGMS distinguishes elements required for Web purposes so as to support rendering of LAWs guidance on each relevant element.

Notes provided by the CRM national project (see www.crmnp.org) for local government use of e-GMS are also published here.

XSD and RDFS schemas are subject to modification following definition of standards by the e-Government Unit Metadata Technical Working Group and the W3C taxonomy group. In the event of changes, we shall endeavour to support the formats given as legacy formats.

XML files

e-GMS version 3.0 was released on 16th January 2004:

Description Link
XML document www.esd.org.uk/standards/egms/3.0/egms.xml

The next version of e-GMS is unknown.

This XML file is the unofficial version. The file is still considered to be a draft because there is extensive discussion in the local government community about that and LAWs is eager to accommodate a wide ranger of requirements. It is likely that the format of egms.xml will not be subject to much further revision.

Alternative styles and formats for downloading e-GMS

The following alternative formats are available:

Description Link
Word document www.esd.org.uk/standards/egms/3.0/egms.doc
Word 2003 XML document www.esd.org.uk/standards/egms/3.0/egmsword.xml
Adobe Acrobat PDF document www.esd.org.uk/standards/egms/3.0/egms.pdf
e-GMS for Web Word document www.esd.org.uk/standards/egms/3.0/egmsweb.doc
e-GMS for Web Word 2003 XML document www.esd.org.uk/standards/egms/3.0/egmswordweb.xml
e-GMS for Web Adobe Acrobat PDF document www.esd.org.uk/standards/egms/3.0/egmsweb.pdf

e-GMS documents/guidance

Description Link
LAWs Metadata Guidelines www.esd.org.uk/LAWsMetadataGuidelines.pdf
Office of the e-Envoy eGMS documents www.govtalk.gov.uk/schemasstandards/metadata.asp

e-GMS resources


Please post questions and comments on the LAWs Information Architecture and Standards Forum of the ESD Toolkit at www.esd-toolkit.org.

If you are unable to use the ESD Toolkit, comments can be sent by e-mail to standards@esd-toolkit.org.

If you create your own XSLT for the List, please send it to us so it can be made available to others via this site.

Liability, Ownership, Protection

e-GMS is made available for use, without guarantees and without licensing costs, by local authorities, community organisations and any other bodies referencing local and community resources. Neither the LAWs Project nor any other party will be liable for any losses due to errors or omissions in the List or associated resources.

The content of e-GMS and all associated resources on this Web site be reproduced free of charge in any format or media without requiring specific permission. This is subject to the material not being used in a derogatory manner or in a misleading context. The source of the material must be acknowledged as the LAWs Project and esd-toolkit and the title all document must be included when being reproduced as part of other publications or services.