ISO 19115-1:2014 is applicable to:
-the cataloguing of all types of resources, clearinghouse activities, and the full description of datasets and services;
-geographic services, geographic datasets, dataset series, and individual geographic features and feature properties.
ISO 19115-1:2014 defines:
-mandatory and conditional metadata sections, metadata entities, and metadata elements;
-the minimum set of metadata required to serve most metadata applications (data discovery, determining data fitness for use, data access, data transfer, and use of digital data and services);
-optional metadata elements to allow for a more extensive standard description of resources, if required;
-a method for extending metadata to fit specialized needs.
Though ISO 19115-1:2014 is applicable to digital data and services, its principles can be extended to many other types of resources such as maps, charts, and textual documents as well as non-geographic data. Certain conditional metadata elements might not apply to these other forms of data.