GEOINT Standards

Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Standards consist of technical specifications or other precise criteria to be used consistently as rules, guidelines, or definitions of characteristics of GEOINT to ensure that materials, products, processes, and/or services are fit for the analysis and visual representation of physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth.

About the National Center for Geospatial Intelligence Standards (NCGIS)

NCGIS Goals and Objectives
The three primary goals of the NCGIS are to:

  1. Advance geospatial intelligence interoperability.
  2. Advance geospatial intelligence standards relevant to future NSG environments.
  3. Foster key relationships and innovative partnerships to coordinate, adopt, and sustain geospatial intelligence standards.

The NCGIS is the coordinating organization within the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) that is responsible for setting and implementing GEOINT standards management policies for NGA and the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) community. The NCGIS was established to ensure a coordinated standards-based approach to achieving data/system interoperability, implement collaborative business practices, and act as an advocate for the needs of NGA and the NSG Community. Through strategic planning and architecture-based analysis, the NCGIS strives to optimize Agency resources as it implements a comprehensive NSG enterprise-wide standards management policy.

The NCGIS was established by the Director, NGA on September 18, 2002 in response to recommendations from the Standards Tiger Team I in April 2002. To define the strategic plan, or roadmap, for the NCGIS, the Standards Tiger Team II was formed in February 2003. GEOINT community members have participated in defining the roadmap and the critical internal NGA and external community relationships needed to accomplish the NCGIS goals

NCGIS Mission
The NCGIS executes the Director of NGA's responsibilities as Functional manager of geospatial intelligence standards. It does this by setting, implementing, and being an advocate for the geospatial intelligence standards and standards management process and policies that promote interoperability and operational efficiency across the community.

NCGIS Activities
The NCGIS sponsors the Geospatial Intelligence Standards Working Group (GWG), an NSG functional management forum that addresses standards issues that are critical to achieving the systems interoperability necessary for mission success of NSG community members. The GWG enables NSG community member participation in standards development, and the formulation, execution, and maintenance of standards-related policies for the NSG. GWG approved standards, and their related implementation policies, enable the sharing of timely, relevant, and accurate Geospatial Intelligence. In addition to its designation as an NSG Functional Management forum, the GWG is a Joint Technical Working Group that participates in both the DoD and IC standards governance processes. It consists of nine chartered focus groups, mainly chaired by NCGIS staff, made up of subject matter experts that address issues within specific GEOINT disciplines (for example: motion imagery, portrayal, geodetic science).

For additional information regarding the activities of the NCGIS, see:

Mailing Address:
Mail Stop OCIOCE
7500 GEOINT Dr. Springfield VA 22150