The Installation Geospatial Information and Services (IGI&S) Governance Group (IGG)

Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure, and Environment (SDSFIE) is truly a community standard, and recognized as the enterprise standard for geospatial data across the entire Department of Defense business mission area. As such, it is being managed by the Installation Geographic Information and Services (IGI&S) Governance Group (IGG). The IGG is a cross-Service DoD governance body for installation geospatial information and services (IGI&S), and was established by DoDI 8130.01. The IGG is chaired by the Geospatial Information Officer for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment (ASD(EI&E)). The IGG is comprised of the program managers for each of the DoD IGI&S Programs (Army IGI&S Program, Navy GeoReadiness Program, Air Force GeoBase Program, Marine Corps GEOFidelis Program, WHS, and US Army Corps of Engineers). The IGG also serves as the official community of interest (COI) for IGI&S per DoD 8320.02-G. The IGG develops community practices that focus all IGI&S capabilities on the effective management of DoD installations and environment to support military readiness with regard to facility construction, sustainment and modernization, to include the operation and maintenance of military test and training ranges. The IGG develops data, metadata, and exchange standards for the specific geospatial information requirements established by the multiple DoD issuances referenced in DoD Instruction 8130.01 as well as for the US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works mission. The IGG also ensures that the DoD business mission area complies with the obligations of Executive Order 12906 and OMB Circular A-16 for geospatial assets, and provides investment oversight through the DoD IT investment review process. The IGG ensures harmonization of IGI&S geospatial concepts with the components of the GEOINT Structure Implementation Profile (GSIP) where practicable and beneficial, and coordinates IGI&S standards through the GEOINT Standards Working Group (GWG) chaired by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as required by DoD Instruction 8130.01.

The IGG, the role of the GIO, and many other important policy elements are defined in the Installation Geospatial Information and Services (IGI&S) policy, DoD Instruction 8130.01.

IGG Working Groups
SDSFIE Online Working Group

The IGG has granted authority to the SDSFIE Online Working Group (WG) to manage the content of the website and development of the web tools, and maintain these per the Components’ needs, which change through time. The SDSFIE Online WG is in the process of finalized a new and improved set of web tools to support SDSFIE implementation. The SDSFIE Online WG meets approximately every other week.

SDSFIE Vector Working Group

The IGG has granted authority to the SDSFIE Vector (V) WG to manage development of new versions and maintenance existing versions of the highest level SDSFIE-V data model, referred to as “Gold”. The SDSFIE-V WG just completed its draft of the 4.0 Gold model, which the IGG approved on 22 April, 2016. With that 2-year task behind them, the SDSFIE-V will now focus on the maintenance of the models through the Change Management Process (CMP; as described below). The SDSFIE-V WG meets on an as needed basis.

SDSFIE Governance Working Group

The IGG has granted authority to the SDSFIE Governance WG to develop and recommend modifications to the SDSFIE Governance Plan and policy related artifacts, including implementation guidance, adaptation rules, scorecards, and working group charters. The SDSFIE Governance WG meets quarterly, or as needed.

SDSFIE Raster Working Group

The IGG has granted authority to the SDSFIE Raster (R) WG to develop and recommend SDSFIE-R documentation and propose new versions, to process CMP CRs to SDSFIE-R, and to Discuss and consolidate IGG members' imagery & elevation (raster) requirements, which are submitted to NGA. The SDSFIE-R WG meets quarterly, or as needed.

SDSFIE Data Quality Working Group

The IGG has granted authority to the SDSFIE Data Quality (Q) WG to develop a data quality management plan (SDSFIE-Q) and propose new versions, process CMP CRs to SDSFIE-Q, and review and recommend CIP data content specifications (DCS) for approval. The SDSFIE-Q WG meets quarterly, or as needed.

SDSFIE Metadata Working Group

The IGG has granted authority to the SDSFIE Metadata WG to develop and recommend the SDSFIE-M Conceptual Schema, SDSFIE-M Implementation Schema, SDSFIE-M profiles (such as Feature Level Metadata) and propose new versions, process CRs for the SDSFIE-M family, and develop and recommend implementation guidance. The SDSFIE-M WG meets quarterly, or as needed.

IGG Component Representation

The DoD Components and government organizations represented in the IGG, are as follows:

  1. DoD ASD(EI&E) Geospatial Information Officer (GIO) (Chair)
  2. United States Air Force (GeoBase Program)
  3. United States Army (IGI&S Program)
  4. United States Army Corps of Engineers
  5. United States Marine Corps (GEOFidelis Program)
  6. United States Navy (GeoReadiness Program)
  7. Washington Headquarters Service
  8. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Each DoD Component has its own set of web page(s) on SDSFIE Online, and can provide content for those pages as they see fit. In addition, each Component is responsible for developing adaptation guidance and policies regarding the implementation for each standard. This and other information can be accessed through the Component's page on SDSFIE Online.

SDSFIE Governance Plan

The IGG created the SDSFIE Governance Plan to define a set of roles, responsibilities and processes to guide development and usage of the spatial data standards within the enterprise in order to achieve the goals and objectives defined in DoDI 8130.01. For the purposes of the SDSFIE Governance Plan, “the enterprise” is the DoD Installations and Environment (I&E) and civil works communities and the spatial data standards in question are those that are intended to support the production, use, and sharing of geospatial information within the enterprise.

This plan defines the SDSFIE as a family of standards, and provides a description of the roles, responsibilities, governance objectives, and related processes that guide the development and use of the SDSFIE within the enterprise. This plan is intended to apply specifically to the I&E community as well as the US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works community, and any other DoD organization mandated to use SDSFIE as specified in the DoD IT Standards Registry (DISR). Its applicability for other interested organizations is suggested but not mandatory.

SDSFIE Governance - Historic

In the first decade of the SDSFIE development, the standard and supporting tools were managed through a tri-Service steering committee led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In the eyes of most users it was generally seen as a technical activity with a project-level scope. Given the standard’s new enterprise role, the Defense Installation Spatial Data Infrastructure (DISDI) Group was given authority to manage SDSFIE. The DISDI Group was the predecessor to the IGG, with the same functions and authorities regarding SDSFIE.

The DISDI Group developed a vision and a strategy which triggered a complete re-engineering of the standard – from SDSFIE v2.6 to 3.0. SDSFIE 3.0 was developed using an adaptable logical data model, focused on defense business requirements and processes. As part of the maturation of SDSFIE 3.0 the DISDIG started taking steps to ensure that the standard also becomes an integral part of the data standards used in the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG), as required by Department policy, a process that continues today.

Note that for historical accuracy, given that the DISDI group’s mission and purview was similar but not exactly the same as that of the IGG, this website will specify either one group or the other depending on the action taken.

Last updated - 25 APR 2017