Metadata and Contextual Information
The Water Regulations 2008 require specified organisations to give water information including metadata and contextual information. These requirements are listed in a document incorporated by reference in the regulations.
The Bureau is in the process of developing more detailed metadata lists which will specify the metadata required for each water information subcategory in the regulations. The metadata lists will be developed with broad industry consultation, and will include supporting information describing metadata formats, controlled lists and datums preferred by the Bureau.
The Bureau will, in the future, make the metadata associated with a given observation, discoverable. This will enable data users to make an objective assessment of the fitness of data for their purposes.
The Bureau through The Modernisation and Extension of Hydrologic Monitoring Systems Program has funded a project to develop standards for Water Quality Metadata.