SDSFIE - A Family of Standards

The Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure, and Environment (SDSFIE) are a family of IT standards (models, specifications) which define a DoD-wide set of semantics intended to maximize interoperability of geospatial information and services for installation, environment and civil works missions.

The SDSFIE family consists of these parts:

  • SDSFIE Vector (SDSFIE-V): This is the vector data model which prior to 2014 was recognized simply as “SDSFIE”, including versions 2.6, 3.0, 3.1. The latest version, 4.0, is the first to carry the SDSFIE-V part name. SDSFIE-V includes the current SDSFIE Specification Document (DISR cited), as well as the current “Gold ” Logical Data Model and all Component HQ-level Adaptation Logical Data Models.
  • SDSFIE Metadata (SDSFIE-M): SDSFIE-M is a Class-2 profile of ISO 19115 and ISO 19115-2. Extensions to ISO 19115 adopted by DoD via the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) Metadata Foundation (NMF) are included, as are extensions from the North American Profile of ISO 19115 (NAP). The current version is 1.0.2. SDSFIE-M will be updated in calendar year 2018 and will be a Class 2 profile of the NSG Application Schema 8.0, which includes the models directly profiled which include ISO 19115-1, 19115-2, 19110, and 19157. SDSFIE-M includes the current SDSFIE-M Specification Document (DISR cited), and the SDSFIE-M Implementation Specification (SMIS). SMIS will conform to ISO 19115-3 and 19157-2.
  • SDSFIE Raster (SDSFIE-R): SDSFIE-R is a guidance document which defines the preferred and recommended raster standards to be used by the IGI&S community. SDSFIE-R and its associated annex - the Raster Standards Compendium (RSC) - include a comprehensive summary of raster and related standards adopted, endorsed, recommended or referenced by the Department of Defense (DoD) via the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG). SDSFIE-R contains collection and interchange formats, specifications, and best practices for all forms of raster data (raster maps, raster imagery, elevation, etc.). SDSFIE-R does not include a required schema or data model, and therefore is not registered in the DoD IT Standards Registry (DISR) as a traditional IT standard.
  • SDSFIE Data Quality (SDSFIE-Q): SDSFIE-Q specifies over-arching guidance for how DoD will implement a tiered approach to quality across the IGI&S community, including data quality processes, measures, and metrics for vector, raster, and geospatial services. This standard does not include a required schema or data model, and therefore is not registered in the DoD IT Standards Registry (DISR) as a traditional IT standard would be. Instead, SDSFIE-Q is modeled after the ISO 19157 conceptual model of quality for geographic data (ISO 19157 is a normative reference for several DISR –mandated geospatial standards which are related to the SDSFIE family of standards). SDSFIE-Q defines an IGI&S data quality framework, with enterprise-level and Component-level elements. When implemented together, this model for data quality will ensure IGI&S data and services align with IGI&S mission requirements, conform to DISR mandates, and are understandable, trusted and interoperable in accordance with DoDI 8130.01. SDSFIE-Q includes a formal process for defining measures to assess the quality and completeness of data, as well as the reporting of metrics associated with these data quality measures using the SDSFIE Metadata (SDSFIE-M) standard and other applicable means. Adherence to the data quality guidance and processes in this document are required any time IGI&S data or services are created, updated, maintained, or shared. SDSFIE-Q also includes certain specific data quality processes, measures, and metrics which apply individually to IGI&S vector data (SDSFIE-V), raster data (SDSFIE-R), or services (SDSFIE-S), as the case may be.
  • SDSFIE Portrayal (SDSFIE-P): This is a “to be” document (or set of documents) specifying the presentation of geospatial information to humans. These may include map portrayal, symbology, or related encoding specifications.
  • SDSFIE Services (SDSFIE-S): This is a “to be” document (or set of documents) specifying a distinct part of geospatial functionality that is provided by an entity through information technology-based interfaces (for example, web service interfaces).
  • SDSFIE Endorsed Standards (SDSFIE-E): The “to be” collection of consensus specifications, standards, models, and publications pertaining to geospatial information and services developed and managed by organizations other than the DISDI Group, but which are vetted and endorsed by the DISDI Group and are recommended for use across all DoD installation, environment, and civil works missions.

Configuration Management is a key part of developing and maintaining the SDSFIE parts. Use the following links to learn more about these topics:

Last updated - 25 APR 2017