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ArcGIS is Standards Compliant

Esri has a long-standing commitment to standards and interoperability. That’s why ArcGIS supports more than 100 established standards including data formats, metadata, and services. We continue to work with many standards organizations to develop new standards and update existing ones.

Data Formats

Esri gives you the ability to read and write to various data formats. ArcGIS uses data format standards to store geospatial data in a common format or transfer data from system to system via extract, transform, and load (ETL) tools for data validation, migration, and distribution.

Supported data formats include:


Express geographic data, labels, and symbology in 2D and 3D for web map and globes.


Open, portable, and platform-independent data format based on SQLite.


A global standard for digital aeronautical data.


A global standard for electronic navigational charts and marine environments.


Services standards are used to transfer data via the web or provide remote access to data stored on a web server. They allow users to interact with data, usually through simple web clients, on a live and real-time basis. This includes viewing maps, accessing and querying data, running analyses, and downloading data.

Supported services include:


Web Map Service (WMS) for sharing maps across the web.


Web Feature Service (WFS) for sharing feature data across the web for direct access to geospatial data.


Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) for sharing pre-cached map tiles across the web for use as basemaps.


Web Processing Service (WPS) for sharing geoprocessing services across the web for performing dynamic geospatial analytics.


Web Coverage Service (WCS) for sharing geospatial data stored and managed as a coverage across the web.


Catalog Service for the Web (CSW) for sharing geospatial information, typically metadata, stored in XML across the web.

Geospatial Standards Organizations

Esri supports following geospatial standards organizations:


Open Geospatial Consortium


International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 211


American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing


International Hydrographic Organization