To connect with the CSW catalog service, use the URL http://csw.geopole.org in your CSW client.
In the Open Source Desktop GIS QGIS you can use the CSW Client plugin for searching and adding layers.
The geopole.org catalog is based on pycsw, an Open Source
OGC CSW server implementation.
pycsw is an OSGeo project integrated in many open data portals.
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