Military Standard


28 JUNE 1996



AMSC N/A AREA MCGT DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. FOREWORD 1. This interface standard is approved for use by all Departments and Agencies of the Department of Defense. 2. Beneficial comments (recommendations, additions, deletions) and any pertinent data which may be of use in improving this document should be addressed to: NIMA (ATISI), MS A-10, 8613 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia 22031-2137, by using the Standardization Document Proposal (DD Form 1426) appearing at the end of this document or by letter. 1. SCOPE 1.1 Scope. The vector product format (VPF) is a standard format, structure, and organization for large geographic databases that are based on a georelational data model and are intended for direct use. VPF is designed to be compatible with a wide variety of applications and products. VPF allows application software to read data directly from computer-readable media without prior conversion to an intermediate form. VPF uses tables and indexes that permit direct access by spatial location and thematic content and is designed to be used with any digital geographic data in vector format that can be represented using nodes, edges, and faces. VPF defines the format of data objects, and the georelational data model provides a data organization within which software can manipulate the VPF data objects. A product specification corresponding to a specific database product determines the precise contents of feature tables and their relationships in the database. In this context, each separate product or application is defined by a product specification and implemented by using VPF structures. 1.2 Applicability. The information contained in this standard shall be used by the Military Departments, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Organizations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defense Agencies of the Department of Defense (collectively known as DoD Components) in preparing and accessing digital geographic data required or specified to be in vector product format. 2. APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS 2.1 General. The documents listed in this section are needed to meet the requirements specified in sections 3, 4, and 5 of this specification. This section does not include documents cited in other sections of this specification or recommended for additional information as examples. While every effort has been made to ensure the completeness of this list, document users are cautioned that they must meet all requirements documents cited in sections 3, 4, and 5 of this specification, whether or not they are listed. 2.2 Government documents. 2.2.1 Specifications, standards, and handbooks. The following specifications, standards, and handbooks form a part of this document to the extent specified herein. Unless otherwise specified, the issues of these documents are those listed in the issue of the Department of Defense Index of Specifications and Standards (DODISS) and supplement thereto, cited in the solicitation (see 6.2). HANDBOOKS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MIL-HDBK-850 - DoD Glossary of Mapping, Charting and Geodesy (MC&G) Terms (Unless otherwise indicated, copies of federal and military specifications, standards, and handbooks are available from the Standardization Documents Order desk, Bldg. 4D, 700 Robbins Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111-5094.) 2.2.2 Other Government documents, drawings, and publications. This section is not applicable to this standard. 2.3 Non-Government publications. The following documents form a part of this document to the extent specified herein. Unless otherwise specified, the issues of the documents which are DoD adopted are those listed in the issue of the DODISS cited in the solicitation. Unless otherwise specified, the issues of documents not listed in the DODISS are the issues of the documents cited in the solicitation (see 6.2). INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ORGANIZATION (ISO) ISO 646 - Information Processing-ISO 7-Bit Coded Character Set for Information Exchange. ISO 2022 - Information Processing-ISO 7-Bit and 8- Bit Coded Character Sets-Code Extension Techniques. ISO 2375 - Data Processing-Procedure for Registration of Escape Sequences. ISO 6937 - Information Processing-Coded Character Sets for Text Communication. ISO 8601 - Data Elements and Interchange Formats - Information Interchange-Representation of Dates and Times. ISO 8859.1 - Information processing - 8-Bit single byte coded graphic character sets - Part 1: Latin Alphabet No. 1 ISO 9660 - Information Processing-Volume and File Structure of CD-ROM for Information Interchange. ISO 10646-1 - Information Technology - Universal Multiple-Octet Coded Character Set (USC), Part 1: Architecture and Basic Multilingual Plane AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE/INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS (ANSI/IEEE) ANSI/IEEE 754-1986 - IEEE Standard for Binary Floating Point Arithmetic. ANSI X3.4-1977 - Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) Adopted in FIPSPUB 1-1, (Copies of ISO and ANSI documents are available from the American National Standards Institute, 1430 Broadway, New York, NY 10018.) FEDERAL INFORMATION PROCESSING STANDARDS (FIPS) FIPSPUB 151-1 - POSIX: Portable Operating System Interface for Computer Environments. (Copies of Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are available to Department of Defense activities from the Standardization Document Order Desk, 700 Robbins Avenue, Building 4D, Philadelphia, PA 19111-5094. Others must request copies of FIPS from the National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161-2171.) NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION - STANDARDIZATION AGREEMENT (NATO STANAG) STANAG 7074 - Digital Geographic Information Exchange Standard (DIGEST), Version 1.2 Note: VPF products may reside on a variety of media. If a VPF database product resides on CD-ROM, ISO 9660 CD-ROM format is required for that product. 2.4 Order of precedence. In the event of a conflict between the text of this document and the references cited herein, the text of this document takes precedence. Nothing in this document, however, supersedes applicable laws and regulations unless a specific exemption has been obtained.
These documents were originally created in Microsoft Word for MAC Version 5.1. The PC version was created by saving to Word for Windows 2.x from Word on the MAC, as such some formatting and font information may be slightly different from the original.

The following files are available:
File Description MS Word for Windows
MIL-STD-2407 Military Standard VPF Main Document vpf_main.doc
MIL-STD-2407 Military Standard VPF Appendices vpf_app.doc

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