Geospatial Standards

Geospatial standards, also known within Defence as spatial standards, enable Defence, and AGO, to produce geospatial data, information and products in formats that promote interoperability within Defence and with our partners and allies.

A geospatial standard is an explanation of a material, product, doctrine or process designed for repeated application by many users. This includes the specification of products for dissemination to customers.

On behalf of Defence, AGO sponsors and maintains the Defence Spatial Standards Office (DSSO), which is responsible for determining standards and specifications for imagery and geospatial information in Defence. AGO utilises standards and specifications endorsed by the DSSO to provide consistent, trusted and integrated products and services to customers.

In accordance with the Defence Geospatial Strategy 2010, DSSO have produced the Defence Geospatial Standards Framework (DGSF) (PDF). The DGSF is a mechanism that enables Defence to steer individual capabilities and interests to achieve collective capability, an enterprise-level Geo Domain, through a process of consultation, cooperation and coordination.

AGO subscribes to geospatial standards set by:

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

The ISO is the premier international standards body. Under the ISO there are thematic working groups and the group for geospatial matters is Technical Committee 211 (TC211). Involvement in TC211 provides Defence with a view of all developing ISO geospatial standards which enhances integrated capability development. Standards Australia is the Australian member of the ISO.

Standards Australia (SA)

Defence is a participating member of SA through the DSSO. SA has its own thematic working groups which again enable forward vision into developing technologies. Participation in SA bodies facilitates Defence participation into the ISO Technical Committee (TC211). Most countries have their own standards bodies that ingest an ISO standard, applying local variances which are often released under the banner of the original ISO or with slight modifications, or develop their own local standards entirely.

Through DSSO, AGO participates in activities managed by the following geospatial standardisation organisations:

Defence Geospatial Information Working Group (DGIWG)

DSSO is a participating member of DGIWG. DGIWG is a multinational member body responsible for geospatial standardisation for defence organisations. It addresses interoperable geospatial information for joint operations or peace-keeping roles. DGIWG applies standards developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) or the ISO to a defence environment. Membership is via invitation and Defence is a signatory to the DGIWG Memorandum of Understanding.

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

DSSO is a participating member of OGC. OGC is a civilian international geospatial standardisation organisation. Consisting of over 300 member organisations from government, industry and education, OGC develops interoperable consensus-based geospatial standards. OGC provides standards up to the ISO as well as developing its own standards.