Office of the Secretary of Defense
DISDI Logo The Defense Installations Spatial Data Infrastructure Program (DISDI)

Introduction & Background

Established in 2005, the Defense Installations Spatial Data Infrastructure (DISDI) program is an organization within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment (OASD(S)). The DISDI Program is responsible for coordinating, standardizing, and leveraging geospatial information and analytics across DoD's global business mission areas to better manage installations and the warfighter support infrastructure.

While the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is broadly responsible for providing worldwide geospatial information and services (GI&S) to DoD’s warfighter and intelligence mission areas, the DISDI Program focuses on governing the use of GI&S on installations. DoD Instruction 8130.01, originally issued in 2015 and titled “Installation Geospatial Information and Services (IGI&S),” defines IGI&S as a sub-set of GI&S and establishes a set of governance procedures, standards, and policy goals for it. The DISDI Program plays a central role in implementing this policy.

DISDI supports warfighter readiness and installation resilience by:

  • Ensuring the DoD Components’ installation geospatial data and systems are standardized, interoperable with warfighter and intelligence mission areas, meet high quality standards, are authoritative and are not duplicative.
  • Coordinating business mission spatial data standards with warfighter and intelligence mission data standards through governance processes established by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), as required by DoD policy.
  • Providing authoritative installation data, mapping, and location-based decision analytics across DoD, specifically to Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) offices, Joint Staff, and Combatant Command staffs. DISDI also provides data and technical liaison to other federal agencies for a variety of validated federal missions and requirements.

IGI&S Governance

DoDI 8130.01 established DISDI’s responsibility to “develop, manage, and publish IGI&S standards.” Today, DISDI leads the Department’s effort to mature and fully implement the Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure, and Environment (SDSFIE), utilizing technical support from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Army Geospatial Center (AGC). On behalf of the ASD(S), the DISDI Program Manager chairs the IGI&S Governance Group, which serves as a consensus data standards body, establishes guidelines for interoperability and quality of IGI&S, and ensures that existing and planned geospatial investments support both the National Defense Strategy and installation management mission requirements.

Federal Geospatial Compliance

DISDI represents the DoD business community as a voting member of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Coordination Group, several of its sub-committees and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) - a federally mandated program seeking to integrate spatial data from multiple sources including federal, state, local, and tribal governments; academia; and the private sector.

Defense Geospatial Compliance

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is the Department's geospatial functional manager. As outlined in DoDI 8130.01, NGA relies on DISDI to govern the IGI&S community in compliance with the policies and guidelines established by NGA. Specific goals include harmonization of data standards and information architecture in order to foster seamless information sharing across the JIE.


SDSFIE-V

Current

The current SDSFIE-V 4.0 Gold model (or the latest corrigendum release) serves as the data standard of the DISDI Program itself (e.g. it is the schema of the Common Installation Picture (CIP)). It is also used to structure IGI&S data requirements for a variety of activities and offices within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) such as the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, the DoD Explosive Safety Board (DDESB), the Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting Clearinghouse, and the Defense Critical Infrastructure Program (DCIP). Each of these OSD missions have unique geospatial data requirements that serve all DoD Components.

For individuals who are interested in testing the SDSFIE-V 4.0 Gold model, it can be viewed and downloaded using the Browse/Generate workflow on SDSFIE Online.

Plans for Updates

The DISDI Program intends to implement minor and major versions of SDSFIE-V as they are approved for use by the IGG and the ASD(S).


SDSFIE-M

The DISDI Program is responsible for publishing metadata guidance and implementation tools for use by all the DoD Components. OSD users should follow the SDSFIE-M 2.0 Conceptual Schema for metadata population. The DISDI Program uses the SDSFIE-M Metadata Style for ArcGIS to ensure completeness of required SDSFIE-M metadata elements. The IGG is currently drafting implementation guidance for SDSFIE-M 2.0, which the DISDI Program will also utilize once it is published.


Refer to the Metadata section of the Standards tab on https://www.sdsfieonline.org to access tools, standards documentation and additional information.

SDSFIE-Q

The DISDI Program is responsible for publishing quality guidance (SDSFIE-Q), including Data Content Specifications (DCSs). DISDI is implementing SDSFIE-Q requirements in its data sets as resources allow, and is working with the DoD Components on setting a formal implementation timeline in the months ahead. DISDI also applies several metrics and measures defined by SDSFIE-Q to the CIP data submitted annually by the Components. These quality measures are establishing a baseline of IGI&S data quality across the Department, specifically in relation to alignment with the DoD real property inventory information model.


Refer to the Quality section of the Standards tab on https://www.sdsfieonline.org for more standards documentation and additional information.


For More Information

For additional information, you may contact the DISDI Program help desk at the following email address:

If you are an authorized DoD user, you may also visit the DISDI Portal for information about the DISDI Program. The DISDI Portal is a comprehensive, access-controlled, online viewer, catalog and access portal for the authoritative geospatial datasets pertaining to DoD energy, installations, and environment missions worldwide.


Supporting Documentation/Information

Please refer to the Standards tab on https://www.sdsfieonline.org for OSD policy, guidance and standards documents.