Enterprise Services



The Data Services Environment (DSE) simplifies publication, discovery, and access to data sources, artifacts and data services for information sharing. DSE revolves around the goals of DoD Net-Centric Data Strategy, requiring that data be made visible, accessible, understandable, trustworthy, and interoperable.  DSE is an integrated dashboard that brings together the previous capabilities (Metadata Registry [MDR], Net-Centric Publisher [NCP], Service Discovery [SD], Enterprise Authoritative Data Source [EADS] Registry) into a common modular framework.  It contains the structural and semantic metadata artifacts critical to successful development, operation, and maintenance of existing and future capabilities.  As the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (OASD) Executive Agent, DISA maintains and operates the DSE under the direction and oversight of DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO).



Provides an easy-to-use functionally-oriented user interface enabling seamless access to: 

  • Discover – Search metadata (schemas, taxonomies, Web Services Description Languages [WSDLs], Extensible Markup Language [XML], access control policies, style-sheets, data structures, etc.), services, providers, namespaces, Communities of Interest (COI), and authoritative data sources
  • Publish – Publish NEW metadata, services, providers, Enterprise Catalog, namespaces, COIs, and authoritative data sources
  • Services – Provides various views on top of services and providers
  • Governance – Provides various views of governance structures, like namespaces, COIs, mission areas, domains, and governing authorities
  • Metrics – Reports on metadata, activity, and service management


The DSE is a central, federation-capable site for the publication and distributed management of metadata. It is a virtual "place" where collections of metadata components, in which DoD organizations and others have invested, can be:

  • Published, visible, accessible, and understandable to large audiences
  • Transparently and collaboratively evolved and otherwise managed by representatives of a large, diverse, and geographically distributed group of people and organizations
  • Monitored to determine contextual relevance (importance/priority), quality, usage, and other factors that affect engineering and resourcing (future investment) decisions
  • Exploited by the machine-to-machine process in support of such functions as validation and transformation


DSE is the DoD’s designated enterprise tool for worldwide content discovery. It allows the users to define their search criteria and discover content provided via a centralized search engine, federated data sources, and the Enterprise Catalog.

The DSE acts as a key enabler to make data visible, accessible, and understandable.  It provides: 

  • Greater data visibility and accessibility by implementing an Enterprise service
  • Reduces cost and improves timeliness through the consolidation of Authoritative Data Sources 
  • Eliminates the need to stand up and manage individual registries' streamlines search and access
  • Provides a set of tools to register and discover data needs, data sources, and data services across the DoD