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 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
  • DCAT

We also support custom metadata formats.


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.


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


Web Feature Service for sharing features across the web.


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


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


Web Processing Service for sharing geoprocessing services.


Catalogue Services Web is for sharing metadata information.

Geospatial Standards Organizations

Esri supports several SDOs including:


Open Geospatial Consortium


International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 211


International Hydrographic Organization

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