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.
  • 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
  • WMTS

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

    Web Processing Service for sharing geoprocessing services.
  • 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
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