Standards and Specifications
ArcGIS supports reading and writing standard and common data file types using industry and international standard data formats, and via the web through OGC web services.
Geospatial Formats: SHP, KML, GML
Tabular Files: CSV, Excel, TDF, CDF
Documents: JSON, GeoJSON
Geospatial Standard Services: WFS, WMTS, WMS, WCS, WPS
Metadata: ISO 19115, INSPIRE, DCAT, Dublin Core
Security and privacy
Security means exposing the right content to the right customers while protecting your enterprise. Esri complies with US government and international GIS standards as well as industry best practices for IT security and privacy.
US Federal Government FISMA and FEDRAMP
PCI Data Security Standard
EU GDPR and the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework
Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) guidelines
Esri's goal is to design and implement accessible GIS and give people access regardless of their abilities.
Alignment with W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) v2.0
Alignment with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (US)
Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPAT) available for each ArcGIS product
Standards Development Organizations
Esri maintains membership in, provides active geospatial expertise to, and participates in community engagement with a number of international standards development organizations (SDOs).
Supported open geospatial standards
ArcGIS is the leading system in its support for OGC and ISO standards. Search for all OGC standards supported by Esri products and different versions of our software.
Esri published specifications
Esri publishes many widely used specifications to help spur interoperability and innovation in the geospatial community. These specifications are available for download, inspection, and reuse.
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