The Portrayal Focus Group (PFG) serves as a National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) community-based forum to advocate for information technology (IT) standardization activities related to the portrayal of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). The PFG serves as a technical advisory group to the GWG and a coordinating body for the GEOINT community to address standardization aspects GEOINT symbolization as well as symbology related GEOINT standards.
The PFG is responsible for those aspects of standardization of GEOINT relating to the presentation of GEOINT information to humans. It is the system-to-human interface of the NSG. This includes human-to-media interface aspects, such as the visual symbolization of GEOINT and symbol design, both softcopy display and hardcopy display, rules, and behaviors for the use of GEOINT symbols that may be necessary to ensure consistent rendering across the community, and interoperability in the exchange of portrayal information across the GEOINT community. Portrayal of GEOINT by means of imagery is addressed in other GWG focus groups. The GWG PFG will coordinate activity with other focus groups under the GWG, and with other Technical Working Groups under the Joint Enterprise Standards Committee (JESC) as appropriate. Symbology Standards Management Committee (SSMC) has overall responsibility for coordination of symbology requirements across the US DoD, including the responsibility to develop and maintain complete joint symbology to meet DoD warfighter requirements. The GWG PFG has a secondary interest in MIL-STD-2525, Common Warfighting Symbology.
Note: Charter is currently being updated.
The PFG serves as a GEOINT community forum to identify standards requirements for portrayal of GEOINT, identify and resolve standardization and interoperability issues relating to the portrayal of geospatial intelligence information, and as a conduit for information and coordination relating to GEOINT portrayal activities within the community.
The GWG PFG meets as needed, the meetings are generally scheduled leading up to GWG plenary meetings or to support the DISR change request /baseline management schedule. Additional meetings may be requested by the chair or members to address portrayal issues that cannot be fully considered during a regular meeting. When conditions permit, meetings will be held in person with a virtual (teleconference) option provided.
The GWG PFG chairperson reports on the progress of the PFG at each GWG plenary session.
Detailed procedures for the operation of GWG Focus Groups are documented in GWG standard operating procedures (SOP).
Portrayal is the presentation of information to humans. The Portrayal Focus Group (PFG) will deal with those aspects of the standardization of GEOINT relating to the visual depiction of physical features and geographically referenced activities.
Human to media interface aspects, such as visual symbolization of GEOINT and symbol design, for both digital display and hardcopy media.
Rules and behaviors of GEOINT symbols that may be necessary to ensure consistent rendering across the community.
Interoperability in the exchange of portrayal information among the GEOINT community.
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