Monday July 9, 2012
What is it?
The Ground-Warfighter Geospatial Data Model (GGDM) is the ground-warfighter "container" into which geospatial data elements will be collected, managed and used for analysis. It provides a mechanism for storing and sharing ground-warfighter specific feature data across multinational ground forces.
What has the Army done?
The U.S. Army Geospatial Center (AGC)is the focal point for the Army Geospatial Enterprise (AGE), which will provide the standards and technology to acquire, manage, and share geospatial data for the warfighter. The AGE is based upon an integrated data and services architecture that establishes common requirements, standard interfaces and data models. The GGDM is a core component of this architecture that provides the standard data model for geospatial feature data required by our ground forces. This standards-based approach will help eliminate stovepipes, reduce costs, simplify acquisition and accelerate transition of technology as part of a standard and shareable geospatial foundation.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
A roadmap is being established for transitioning Army ground-warfighter systems and geospatial data to the GGDM. All AGC-produced geospatial datasets, along with Distributed Common Ground System-Army and other Army and USMC systems that utilize geospatial feature data, are beginning to implement the GGDM and will translate to this data model. The Army's Geospatial Planning Cells are translating their TGD 3.2 data to GGDM 2.1using AGC-provided correlation translation databases utilizing commercial off-the-shelf software. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Army and USMC are in the process of establishing the GGDM as the ground-warfighter National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) standard. Future versions of the GGDM may include additional ground forces enterprise content, including high resolution urban information, additional aeronautical information, modeling and simulation, tactical information and updates based on common geospatial data requirements across the Army, USMC, Special Operations and other ground forces components.
Why is this important to the Army?
Geospatial data is the foundation for the Ground-Warfighter Common Operation Picture; geospatial feature data is one of the key components of this foundation. The establishment of a common vocabulary (i.e., GGDM) enables consistent management and sharing of feature data generated by National Agencies, Army and other Services organizations. Without a consistent standard and other established mechanisms for collecting this geospatial data, mission-critical information is discarded and not shared across the ground forces.
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