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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:

KML


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

GeoPackage


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

AIXM


A global standard for digital aeronautical data.

S-57


A global standard for electronic navigational charts and marine environments.



Services

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:

WMS


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

WFS


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

WMTS


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

WPS


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

WCS


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

CSW


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:

OGC


Open Geospatial Consortium

ISO/TC211


International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 211

ASPRS


American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

IHO


International Hydrographic Organization