Encyclopedia of GIS

2017 Edition
| Editors: Shashi Shekhar, Hui Xiong, Xun Zhou

Spatial Data Transfer Standard (SDTS)

  • Phyllis Altheide
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-17885-1_1259



The Spatial Data Transfer Standard (SDTS) is a standard whose purpose is to promote and facilitate the data exchange of digital geo-referenced spatial data, attributes, and metadata between different computer systems and applications.

The SDTS was first ratified in 1992 by the US Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 173. SDTS was then promoted to become a national standard and it was subsequently ratified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 1998 as National Committee for Information Technology Standards (NCITS) 320-1998. SDTS is also endorsed by the Federal Geographic Data Committee...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Phyllis Altheide
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  1. 1.U.S. Geological Survey Geospatial Information OfficeRollaUSA