Standards and Interoperability

ArcGIS Is Open and Interoperable

Esri is committed to building and supporting an open and interoperable platform. ArcGIS includes support for IT and GIS standards, spatial Extract Transform and Load (ETL), direct read and write of various formats, openly published APIs, and GitHub resources.


The ability to configure ArcGIS to create the metadata you want is accomplished with a metadata style. This can be designed to support a metadata standard or profile. The style will determine how metadata is exported and validated for a particular standard or profile.

Learn more about metadata styles and standards.

Openly Published Resources

Esri offers tools and applications that are open to the community for use in public projects and for private projects on GitHub, a secure, public online code hosting service that affords collaborative development. Existing projects can be used to start a project quickly.

Learn more about Esri content on GitHub.

OGC and ISO TC 211 Standards

Esri supports many Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC), and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 211 (TC211) services. This support enables access to ArcGIS information in many web, mobile, and computing scenarios.

Learn more about ArcGIS support of the standards.

White paper: Esri-Supported OGC and ISO/TC 211 Standards

Data Interoperability

ArcGIS is engineered for interoperability, so that it works with numerous file-based data types, including spatial types in databases, as well as specific web services. An optional extension affords even greater ability to define new custom data sources and data transformational procedures to perform advanced transformations between GIS and tabular data structures.

Learn more about ArcGIS data interoperability.

FISMA Accredited

ArcGIS Online has achieved Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) low Authority to Operate (ATO) accreditation and met stringent security requirements as provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In addition, regular security reviews are incorporated into ArcGIS Online operations as part of a continuous monitoring strategy.

Learn more about the ArcGIS Online FISMA accreditation.