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Open Standards


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.

Metadata


Metadata gives people a common way to understand geospatial data. Metadata standards provide a structure for creating and organizing metadata such as consistent terminology for catalogs and global search. Esri provides support for multiple metadata management options to meet specific needs or standards profiles.

We support these metadata standards.

  • ISO 19115
  • FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM)
  • Dublin Core
  • INSPIRE
  • DCAT

We also support custom metadata formats.

Services


Service standards are used to transfer data via the web. They allow users to interact with data this includes viewing maps, accessing and querying data.

WMS

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

WFS

Web Feature Service for sharing features across the web.

WMTS

Web Map Tile Service for sharing pre-cached map tiles across the web

WPS

Web Processing Service for sharing geoprocessing services.

WCS

Web Coverage Service for sharing raster data across the web.

CSW

Catalogue Services Web is for sharing metadata information.

Geospatial Standards Organizations


Esri supports several SDOs including:

OGC

Open Geospatial Consortium

ISO/TC211

International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 211

IHO

International Hydrographic Organization