GMLAS - Metadata layers

This page details the structure of the extra metadata layers reported by the GMLAS - Geography Markup Language (GML) driven by application schemas driver.

_ogr_fields_metadata layer

This layer gives metadata about OGR fields, and also “abstract” fields that describe the relation ship between a parent and child layer.

Its fields are:

  • layer_name: Name of the layer to which the field belongs to

  • field_name: Name of the field. May be null when field_category is PATH_TO_CHILD_ELEMENT_NO_LINK or GROUP

  • field_xpath: XPath of the element/attribute whose content is used for the field. The XPath is relative to the element that is the direct parent of this element/attribute, or a parent element in case of flattening. May be null for a field generated by OGR.

  • field_type: the XML schema base data type (string, int, long, ID, …). Extended with “geometry”. May be null for a field generated by OGR

  • field_is_list: Whether the XML type is a list.

  • field_min_occurs: Integer value with the minimum number of occurrences of values. 0 or 1 typically. Or more for array types. May be null for a field generated by OGR

  • field_max_occurs: Integer value with the maximum number of occurrences of values. 1 typically. Or more for array types. 2147483647 means unlimited. May be null for a field generated by OGR

  • field_repetition_on_sequence: Boolean value to indicate if the field is related to a <sequence maxOccurs=”>1 or unbounded”> construct. Only set when field_max_occurs is not 0 or 1.

  • field_default_value: Default value of the field, or null

  • field_fixed_value: Fixed value of the field, or null

  • field_category: Category of the field. May be REGULAR, PATH_TO_CHILD_ELEMENT_NO_LINK, PATH_TO_CHILD_ELEMENT_WITH_LINK, PATH_TO_CHILD_ELEMENT_WITH_JUNCTION_TABLE, GROUP or SWE_FIELD. May be null for a field generated by OGR.

  • field_related_layer: Name of the child layer for field_category != REGULAR

  • field_junction_layer: Name of the junction layer. Only set if field_category is equal to PATH_TO_CHILD_ELEMENT_WITH_JUNCTION_TABLE

  • field_documentation: Documentation from the schema.

Explanation of field_category values:

  • REGULAR: the field is made from the value of an element or attribute that is a direct child of the element that is the root of the layer considered.

  • PATH_TO_CHILD_ELEMENT_NO_LINK: A field declared with this category is not instantiated as a OGR field of the layer ‘layer_name’. It is merely there to declare the relationship between the parent and child layers. This is when a sub-element is of a complex type or a repeated sub-element of simple type that does not match one of the OGR array types.

  • PATH_TO_CHILD_ELEMENT_WITH_LINK: the content of this field is the primary key of a OGR feature of another layer. The field_related_layer field contains the name of that linked layer.

  • PATH_TO_CHILD_ELEMENT_WITH_JUNCTION_TABLE: A field declared with this category is not instantiated as a OGR field of the layer ‘layer_name’. It is merely there to declare the relationship between the parent and child layers. This is when the link between the parent and child layer is done through a junction table (case where the child layer is referenced by other parent layers).

  • GROUP: A field declared with this category is not instantiated as a OGR field of the layer ‘layer_name’. It is merely there to declare the relationship between the parent and child layers. This is when a layer uses XML schema group constructs with repeated cardinality.

  • SWE_FIELD: A field derived from special processing of swe:DataRecord or swe:DataArray elements.

_ogr_layers_metadata layer

This layer gives metadata about OGR layers.

Its fields are:

  • layer_name: Name of the layer

  • layer_xpath: XPath of the element that is used as the root element for the layer. May be suffixed with “;extra=XXXX” for group constructs or repeated sequences of repeated elements, so as to distinguish for the XPath of their parent element. Will be null for junction tables or SWE_DATA_ARRAY layers.

  • layer_category: Category of the layer. One of TOP_LEVEL_ELEMENT, NESTED_ELEMENT, JUNCTION_TABLE or SWE_DATA_ARRAY

  • layer_pkid_name: Name of the primary key field. This is the text attribute that uniquely identified a feature (in its layer). This is the XML attribute/name of type xs:ID when it exists, otherwise a “ogr_pkid” field is automatically created. Will be null for SWE_DATA_ARRAY layers.

  • layer_parent_pkid_name: Name of the field that is a foreign key to the parent layer of this layer. Only set for a NESTED_ELEMENT layer.

  • layer_documentation: Documentation from the schema.

_ogr_layer_relationships layer

This layer gives metadata about relationship between OGR layers.

Its fields are:

  • parent_layer: Name of the parent layer

  • parent_pkid: Name of the primary key of the parent layer

  • parent_element_name: Name of the XML element that links from the parent to the child. Will be null when the child layer is due to group constructs or repeated sequences of repeated elements of the parent.

  • child_layer: Name of the child layer

  • child_pkid: Name of the primary key of the child layer. Will be null for SWE_DATA_ARRAY layers

_ogr_other_metadata layer

This layer contains key / value pairs with different information.

Its fields are:

  • key: Name of the metadata item

  • value: Value of the metadata imtem

Possible keys are :

  • document_filename: Filename of the XML/GML file read.

  • configuration_filename: Filename of the XML configuration file used.

  • configuration_inlined: XML content of the configuration file.

  • namespace_uri_XX: URI of a namespace referenced by the schema(s).

  • namespace_location_XX: Location of a schema.

  • namespace_prefix_XX: Prefix of a namespace referenced by the schema(s).

  • gml_version: GML version, such as 2.1.2, 3.1.1 or 3.2.1