INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Defence Geospatial Information Working Group
Mission and Objectives: 
Vision. Future deployment of military forces will increasingly involve multinational joint forces. DGIWG nations must be prepared to respond at short notice with geospatial intelligence to support joint operations globally. Mission. DGIWG is the multinational body responsible to the defence organizations of member nations for co-ordinated advice and policy recommendations on standardization issues. It will meet the interoperability challenges by creating the standards and procedures required to enable the provision, exchange and use of standardized geospatial information. Objectives: DGIWG has four key objectives: Key Objective 1 - Achievement of Interoperability. DGIWG will maintain a comprehensive understanding of geospatial requirements for interoperability, with particular emphasis being placed on NATO needs but with wider coalition requirements also being taken into account. DGIWG will also ensure that the standards developed to support these requirements can be effectively demonstrated and transitioned into operational use. Elements of this Key Objective are: • Requirements Definition. • Outreach Program. • Demonstration. • Operational Transition. Key Objective 2 - Collaboration. DGIWG will collaborate with NATO, other international standards organizations and industry as appropriate to ensure effective development of the standards required to achieve effective interoperability within coalition and national environments. Liaison coordination activities include participation at the meetings of liaison organizations such as ISO and presenting liaison reports or contributions, the establishment of joint working groups to address particular interoperability needs, such as with IHO, and presentations at conferences or other meetings to raise awareness. Elements of this Key Objective are: • Links with External Organisations. • Links to NATO. • Links with Industry. Key Objective 3 - Standards Development. DGIWG will ensure that appropriate geospatial standards are developed and maintained which will support coalition and national interoperability requirements, adopting a mixture of externally-managed and DGIWG-owned standards as most effectively meets DGIWG members’ business needs. Elements of this Key Objective are: • Use of International Standards. • Maintenance of Schemas and Registers of Information Components • Information Management. • Services. • Support for Co-Production. • Testing. Key Objective 4 - DGIWG Management. DGIWG will implement and maintain an organizational structure which minimizes the overheads associated with taking forward its Program of Work, whilst at the same time maximizing use of national resources to achieve higher levels of interoperability in both coalition and national environments. Elements of this Key Objective are: • Organisation. • Use of Resources.
Formal Mandate: 
The revised version of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreed by the 18 DGIWG nations in 1999 provides the basis for activities carried out by the Working Group. Under this MoU, DGIWG’s objectives and scope are defined as the provision of coordinated advice and policy recommendations for standardization issues in the field of geospatial information.
DGIWG PoW has 10 general activities of work: Determine requirements for coalition geospatial interoperability, Determine current status and target levels of geospatial interoperability, Develop plans and architecture to achieve target levels of interoperability, Develop and maintain data structure standards that support the target levels of interoperability, Develop and maintain services & interfaces standards that support the target levels of interoperability, Enable geospatial data access, Facilitate internal information exchange and out-reach, Deliver geospatial standards to coalition operational community, Undertake external coordination and out-reach, as well as Manage DGIWG. The technical structure of DGIWG is composed of three technical panels: Data Structures Technical Panel, Services & Interfaces Technical Panel and Data Access Technical Panel. As of July 2010, the active projects are: Topographic Symbols for Digital Display (D14), Standard Symbols for 1:50,000 Topographic Line Map (D15), Implementation of Prototype DGIWG Portrayal Registry (D22), Register Administration (D26), NATO MGID Transformation (D30), Metadata profiles and guidelines for use within the military (D31), Elevation Surface Model / High Resolution Elevation (D32), DGIWG Portrayal Service (S01), Use of KML in a Military Environment (S15), Web Coverage Service for a Military Environment (S16),DGIWG GML Profiles (A05), Compliance Testing and Life Cycle Management (A07), Web Services Test Bed (A08). Topics that cross the Technical Panel boundaries are coordinated by Thematic Coordinators maintaining DGIWG Road Maps: Imagery Road Map (T01) and Portrayal Road Map (T03). DGIWG conducts external coordination and collaboration with standard setting organizations, in order to address mission requirements. Where applicable, DGIWG will establish technical cooperation agreements, or documents of record, which define the terms of the information exchange. Coordination and collaboration of project activities may be with sectors of the civil and/or military community. Joint Projects may be established with external standard setting organizations to address and undertake work of common interest. The outputs from the DGIWG Program of Work are documents corresponding to standards and respective implementations, technical reports and registers
The 18 signatories of the DGIWG MOU are Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States.

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    DGIWG member nations
    Societal Sector
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    See description in section on Main Activities for DGIWG.
    Environmental application domains
    Primary Business
    Co-ordinated advice and policy recommendations on standardization issues