The organisational structure of the DGIWG has been designed to expedite the flow of information between the policy makers, requirements and program managers, technical contributors, and stakeholders. There are three main components to the organisation, which are the:
- Plenary Group (PG)
- Policy and Technical Strategy Group (PTSG)
- Technical Group (TG)
The three components are led and guided by a team of people who have set roles and responsibilities within the organisation. These roles are the:
- DGIWG Coordinators (Requirements, Technical, Outreach, and Quality)
- Technical Panel Chairs
The figure below illustrates the relationship of the key roles.
The PG is a representation of the DGIWG collective, members and non-members. It is chaired by the Director of DGIWG and supported by the Secretary, Requirements Coordinator, Technical Coordinator, Quality Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, and Panel Chairs. It is attended by national representatives (NRs) from member nations, observer nations, representatives from associate organisations (e.g NATO), and Standards Development Organisations with which the DGIWG has established working relationships (e.g. Open Geospatial Consortium).
DGIWG convenes a Plenary session annually (hosted by Participants on a rotational basis) to discuss and resolve policy issues, address existing and future needs and requirements, plan and approve a program of work, and address resource gaps and shortfalls. As needed, the Director will conduct virtual Plenary sessions in order to address and advance key initiatives.
The PTSG provides advice to the Director of DGIWG and the DGIWG Plenary on items such as interoperability shortfalls and gaps, risk mitigation, and emerging technologies. The group also has oversight of requirements and subsequent program of work, and community outreach. It consists of the Director, Secretary, Requirements Coordinator, Technical Coordinator, Quality Coordinator, and Outreach Coordinator, and representatives from member nations that serve in an advisory capacity.
The Technical Group operates under the leadership of the DGIWG Technical Coordinator. The Technical Group consist of five Panels which have been established to address specific program areas, namely:
- P1 - Vector Data
- P2 - Imagery and Gridded Data
- P3 - Metadata
- P4 - Portrayal
- P5 - Web Services.
Each Panel has a Panel Lead (or Chair), and addresses select aspects of interoperability of geospatial information and services. A Panel may have one or more active projects at any given time. The Technical Group meets twice per year. Individual Panels and projects may meet more frequently.