Defense Installations Spatial Data Infrastructure (DISDI)
Integrating Geospatial Capabilities to Benefit Business Transformation
The Defense Installations Spatial Data Infrastructure (DISDI) Program is the geospatial oversight office responsible for coordinating, standardizing, and leveraging spatial information across EI&E's global business mission areas to better manage installations and bases.
Through policy, standards and by leveraging the Joint Information Enterprise (JIE), DISDI enables the sharing and interoperability of high-quality geospatial data at all levels of installation management. DISDI - comprised of people, policies and practices - ensures that EI&E's geospatial information infrastructure is aligned with DoD's net-centric data sharing strategies and business transformation goals. For more about DISDI, including its current mission and goals, read pages 16 to 19 of this article (
DISDI’s Net-Centric Mission
The DISDI Program focuses on implementing net-centric, geospatial information sharing methods and mechanisms across the Department. The goal is to reduce redundant IT investments and increase the availability of quality geospatial data to any DoD mission in the basing or battle space. DISDI fosters fact-based decision-making by centralizing and improving access to maps, map data and mapping systems.
Geo-Enabling I&E Mission Areas
Implementation of DISDI's enterprise goals will guarantee the integration of geospatial information within the business decision-making process. A mission has been "geo-enabled" when it leverages geospatial capabilities to help visualize and enhance data, transforming it in to actionable information.
One example is the pilot project to digitally map authoritative parcel boundaries at 70 installations, demonstrating an application of geospatial technology to transform Real Property business processes. The Spring 2008 issue of The Military Engineer features an article about this pilot
(PDF, 1.26MB) and how it relates to the Real Property Inventory Requirements.
DISDI develops geospatial integration tools, helps develop Federal standards, and fosters DoD compliance with those standards:
- DISDI Portal
- The DISDI Portal is a comprehensive, access-controlled, online viewer, catalog and access portal for the authoritative geospatial datasets pertaining to defense Energy, Installations and Environment (EI&E) missions worldwide. This portal can be found at http://disdiportal.osd.mil. Please note that some of its capabilities are still in development.
- The DISDI Portal now consists of+ several parts: the DISDI Atlas Pro (map viewer), a library of maps, documents, and links to IGI&S resources, and a data request function. The DISDI Atlas Pro is the map viewer formerly known as "DISDI Portal", while the DISDI Atlas (under development) will be a new and simplified viewer of DISDI data.
- Geospatial Analytics & Map Production
- The DISDI Program maintains a capability to provide geospatial analysis and maps pertaining to DoD installations and routinely supports requests for such services from all parts of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).
- Geospatial Data
- The most important data offerings of the DISDI portfolio are the Common Installation Picture (CIP) and the Military Installations, Ranges and Training Areas (MIRTA) datasets. The CIP consists of the minimum set of geospatial features and imagery needed to provide a foundational map of installations, including all Real Property assets. DISDI acquires its CIP data from the DoD Components (annually or as-needed) and compiles it for particular missions. DISDI also coordinates with the National-Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) Ortho Imagery Team and the Army Geospatial Center (AGC) Imagery Office (AIO) to acquire imagery pertaining to installations and environment needs in order to make them more readily available for users. To the maximum extent allowed by law or DoD policy, all datasets and imagery are made available to authorized personnel via the DISDI Portal and to the public on www.Data.gov.
- Geospatial Information for U.S. Military Installations, Ranges, and Training Areas (2011)
- A geographic information systems (GIS) dataset depicting the locations of major installations, ranges and training areas in the United States and its territories is now available. From the link below, authoritative locations of the most commonly known DoD sites, installations, ranges, and training areas in the United States and territories can be downloaded. NOTE: The point and boundary location datasets are intended for planning purposes only, and do not represent the legal or surveyed land parcel boundaries. Please examine the release notes (PDF, 41.8KB) to determine if this dataset is suitable for your needs.
- Download Geospatial Information for U.S. Military Installations, Ranges, and Training Areas (ZIP, 8.6MB)
- This data is also discoverable on Data.gov, and can be viewed in a browser here. Once in the map viewer, open the layers folders on the left side table of contents. Our data is under "National Admin/Military Boundaries/Defense Site Locations" in the table of contents; select “Defense Site Locations” to see the installations.
- Map of U.S. Military Installations, Ranges, and Training Areas (PDF, 7.25MB). The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency maintains a national scale map of the continental United States depicting installations, ranges, and training areas.
- IGI&S Governance
- On behalf of OASD (EI&E), the DISDI Program leads an inter-departmental governance group for Installation Geospatial Information and Services (IGI&S). This group serves as a consensus data standards body, establishes guidelines for interoperability and quality of IGI&S, and ensures that existing and planned EI&E spatial information resources support military readiness for the Active, Guard and Reserve Components with regard to facility construction, sustainment and modernization; including the operation and sustainment of military test and training ranges.
- Federal Geospatial Compliance: DISDI represents the DoD business community as a voting member of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Coordination Group, several of its sub-committees and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) - a federally mandated program seeking to integrate spatial data from multiple sources including federal, state, local, and tribal governments; academia; and the private sector.
- Defense Geospatial Compliance: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is the Department's geospatial functional manager. As outlined in DoDI 8130.01, NGA relies on DISDI to govern the IGI&S community in compliance with the policies and guidelines established by NGA. Specific goals include harmonization of data standards and information architecture in order to foster seamless information sharing across the JIE.
- Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure, and Environment (SDSFIE)
- o DISDI collaborates with the DoD Components to geo-enable any and all installation management functions which will benefit from geospatial technology, and to standardize IGI&S data and processes wherever it makes sense. DoDI 8130.01, published April 9, 2015, established DISDI’s responsibility to “develop, manage, and publish IGI&S standards.” We meet this responsibility by overseeing the implementation of Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure, and Environment (SDSFIE), utilizing technical support from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Army Geospatial Center (AGC).
For more information on the DISDI Initiative, check the following documents:
- The Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure and Environment (SDSFIE) Quality and Raster Standards (PDF, 556KB)
- The Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure and Environment Online (SDSFIE Online) Website (PDF, 98KB)
- Installation Geospatial Information and Services (IGI&S) - Update on Policy, Standards, Issues (PDF, 368KB)
- GIS Cover: Using Geospatial Data to Manage DoD's Vast Properties, by David LaBranche Interview with David LaBranche, Defense Installations Spatial Data Infrastructure Program Manager, by the Geospatial Intelligence Forum