Open Platform and Technology Support

The ArcGIS platform conforms to open standards and enterprise IT frameworks that allow organizations to incorporate GIS into any application on a variety of computing and mobile devices.

ArcGIS supports multiple approaches to standards and interoperability:

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Geospatial Standards
Esri is a principal member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and actively participates in the development of many specifications. Members of Esri's standards and interoperability team serve as representatives on some of the ISO/TC 211 committees.

View a comprehensive list of all OGC specifications and ISO/TC 211 geographic information standards supported by Esri.
IT Standards
Esri supports and complies with virtually all commonly accepted IT standards. For our users, this means compatibility and interoperability support with major enterprise systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise application integration (EAI), work management systems, and others.

ArcGIS supports Web, enterprise, and OGC standards. Some of the supported standards include
  • Operating systems including Windows, UNIX, and Linux
  • DBMSs such as IBM DB2 Universal Database and Informix Dynamic Server, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server (including support for all spatial types) and PostgreSQL
  • Spatial data formats including translators; direct read and data access via SQL, OLE COM, XML, KML, and GML; published APIs; CAD data; and other GIS formats
  • Network protocols such as TCP/IP, HTTP, and HTTPS
  • Developer environments including Visual Basic, C#, C++, Visual Studio .NET, and Java
  • Mobile devices and operating systems such as Windows Mobile 2003, 5.0, and 6.0 for various Pocket PCs, smartphones, and PDAs; Windows CE for Tablet PCs and laptops; and Windows 2000 or XP for laptops
  • Enterprise applications such as SAS, IBM DB2, Oracle, SAP, IBI, and FileNet
  • Web Services such as XML, SOAP, UDDI, and WSDL; OGC specifications such as WFS, WMS, and GML; and application servers such as Oracle and WebSphere
Defense Standards
Esri anticipates the needs of the defense and intelligence community for implementing key standards and interoperability protocols by complying with standards for platforms, programming, security, and application development.

Supported military symbol sets include
  • MIL-STD-2525B—The common warfighting symbology for the Department of Defense (DoD)
  • APP-6A—The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) standard for representing entities in the battlespace
  • Geospatial Symbols for Digital Displays (GeoSym)—A standard that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) developed to display Vector Product Format (VPF) data
Additional Defense and Intelligence standards supported

Content Description Standards Cartographic Standards Data Format Standards
Esri supports numerous content description standards used in defense and intelligence such asEsri supports all the major map formats and cartographic standards used by NGA such asExamples of data formats supported by Esri include
  • Spatial Data Standard for Facilities, Infrastructure, and Environment (SDSFIE)
  • Digital Nautical Chart (DNC)
  • Digital Flight Information Publication (DFLIP)
  • Digital Topographic Data (DTOP)
  • Littoral Warfare Data (LWD)
  • Tactical Oceanographic Data (TOD)
  • Urban Vector Map (UVMap)
  • Vector Relocatable Target Assessment Data (VRTAD)
  • Vector Vertical Obstruction Data (VVOD)
  • VPF Interim Terrain Data (VITD)
  • World Vector Shoreline Plus (WVSPLUS)
  • Vector Map Level 0, 1, and 2 (VMap)
  • DGIWG Feature Data Dictionary (DFDD)
  • NSG Feature Data Dictionary (NFDD)
  • Vector Map Level 0, 1, and 2 (VMap)
  • Joint Operations Graphic (JOG)
  • Topographic Line Map (TLM)
  • Stereo Airfield Collection Database
  • Theater Geospatial Database (TGD) including Global, Strategic, Tactical, Urban, and Image City Maps
  • Geospatial Intelligence Feature Database (GIFD)
  • Multinational Geospatial Co-Production Program (MGCP) format
  • GeoBase GEOFidelis
  • Tactical Pilotage Chart (TPC)
  • Operational Navigation Chart (ONC)
  • Jet Navigation Chart (JNC)
  • Global Navigation Chart (GNC)
  • DoD Aeronautical Enroute Chart
  • DoD Terminal Procedures Chart
  • ARC Digitized Raster Graphics (ADRG)
  • National Imagery Transmission Format (NITF)
  • Raster Product Format/Compressed ADRG (RPF/CADRG)
  • ARC Standard Raster Product (ASRP)
  • Digital Feature Analysis Data (DFAD)
  • FalconView Reader Vector Product Format (VPF)
  • Raster Product Format (RPF)
  • Raster Product Format/Controlled Image Base (RPF/CIB)
  • Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED)
  • UTM Standard Raster Product (USRP)
  • Digital Geographic Information Exchange Standard (DIGEST)
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