Geospatial Information (GIS) Management is outside my bailiwick, but I have the good fortune to work with colleagues who specialize in this area, thus my interest in this post, which discusses trends in GIS. The original document summarized in this post was written by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management. A big trend that has an impact on metadata is the growing need for, and importance of, the interoperability of different data formats to ensure the proper exchange of information. In the field of metadata, we’ve been looking at linked data, linked open data, and data operability for a number of years. The post doesn’t use the term “metadata,” but this concept is crucial to allow for seamless data exchange and retrievability. A good reference example is Towards a Linked Geospatial Data Infrastructure.