US Marine Corps
USMC SDSFIE Data Models and Guidance
GEOFidelis is the USMC Installation Geospatial Information and Services (IGI&S)
program for Installation and Environmental geospatial products and services.
GEOFidelis was established to support the people, policies, and information
resources necessary to acquire, manage, and sustain installation & environmental
geospatial assets (imagery and data) in support of the Marine Corps' mission. The
vision of the GEOFidelis program is to ensure Marine Corps installations have a geospatial
information system that provides precise and reliable information at the installation and
enterprise level that is based on a common infrastructure foundation that supports
inter-operability across the Marine Corps.
program employs a multi-faceted approach to comprehensive data management.
combines data layer specifications, a data model, and metadata standards to
ensure geospatial products effectively support the Marine Corps’ mission. Our data management
standards are designed to ensure data authority, while eliminating redundancy and unnecessary
documentation. This approach enables our data creators and editors to provide expert level products
and services, with the flexibility to meet any mission’s needs.
Geospatial Data Layers Specifications (GGDLS) initiative develops
specifications which determine the content and acceptable level of quality for feature
types that will be used at all levels of the USMC Installation Management Community.
staff and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) define the technical requirements
for creating and maintaining geospatial data that meet enterprise-wide business requirements.
Implementation of the GGDLS initiative supports our mission by defining compliance requirements
for high quality geospatial data in accordance with USMC policies. GGDLSs define what a feature is
and the supporting information (attributes) it should contain.
Data Model (GDM) is the standard storage specification for all USMC IGI&S
geospatial data. The data model provides data standard consistency that incorporates enough breadth
for mission execution and the ability to record data in a consistent manner across the Marine Corps.
Based on the Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure, and Environment (SDSFIE), the
GDM maintains a common USMC IGI&S data standard that provides all USMC installations with a common
structure for data layers and attributes. All USMC commands, installations and reserve sites, with
installation management responsibilities, will implement the GDM to enhance interoperability and
supports a common metadata framework to ensure GGDLS and GDM standards have been
properly implemented and followed. Our metadata provides space for the descriptive documentation of
sources, methods, content, and appropriate uses of data which helps support accountability through the
chain of command. The GEOFidelis
metadata standard allows decision-makers and stakeholders to
search and discover geospatial data through our enterprise geospatial system, GEOFidelis
Program coordinates with Functional Data Set Leads and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
at Marine Corps Installation Command (MCICOM) to ensure USMC enterprise-wide business requirements and
the geospatial features to support those requirements are included in our comprehensive suite of data
management standards. This ensures the resulting standards will:
Integrate with business systems and provide visualization and analysis of USMC installation
Focus USMC geospatial data management to collect geospatial features best suited
for Functional Data Set leads and SME use.
Eliminate redundant business data collection by linking to authoritative business
- Meet an acceptable level of data quality to effectively support the mission.
approach to data modelling benefits from our transparent command structure as
established by MCO 5400.54. The Marine Corps has four regional command centers in place: MCIEAST at
Camp Lejeune, MCIWEST at Camp Pendleton, MCIPAC at Camp Butler, and MCINCR at Base Quantico. Regional
commands align to all MCICOM data management products.
MCICOM data management products are the primary USMC SDSFIE adaptations and defines the minimum required
geospatial data content, quality, storage and metadata elements that must be standardized across the Marine
Corps enterprise in support of common installation management business practices and requirements. Our data
management products are flexible and allow Regional and Installations commands to create their own adaptation
to meet local requirements that are not met in the standard GEOFidelis
suite of data management products.
The current version of the
GEOFidelis Data Model is 22.214.171.124
, which was released in September, 2012. All Regional and
Installation commands have approved physical data models that are in compliance with the GDM 126.96.36.199, as of
September, 2014. Regional and Installation adaptations are currently in the process of being made available
through the SDSFIE registry.
The current version of the
GEOFidelis SDSFIE Implementation Roles and Responsibilities Guide is 1.4
, which was released on November 19th, 2012.
The Marine Corps is developing an implementation approach to adhere to SDSFIE-Metadata.