Overview of OGC and ISO support
Last modified October 13, 2010
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A number of organizations help to develop and contribute to interoperability standards and specifications for the geospatial (GIS) community. ESRI remains committed to interoperability and is active in supporting and enhancing support for various standards developed through these organizations. This help section provides a guide to support capabilities in ArcGIS.
There are two primary (and often collaborative) standards efforts led by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the International Standards Organization (ISO). ESRI, along with other participants within the GIS community, participates in the development of numerous specifications within these organizations. For example, ESRI led the effort on authoring the OGC and ISO simple features specification and was the U.S. representative for the ISO 19139 technical committee metadata standards efforts.
ESRI actively pursues adding standards support in ArcGIS and its related products.
Standards are ongoing and evolve over time. ESRI builds support for key standards and maintains its support as the standards evolve. We update our support for OGC and ISO specifications with each software release and often we provide other mechanisms to deliver support through special add-on solutions between software releases.
|Specification||Links to more information|
|WMS - Web Mapping Service and
SLD - Styled Layer Descriptor
|WFS - Web Feature Service|
|WCS - Web coverage service|
|CSW - Catalog services - Web||Refer to the CSW links in the metadata table below.
|GML - Geography Markup Language|
|OGC and ISO Simple Features (See notes below)|
NOTE: Geodatabases in IBM DB2, Informix, Oracle, and PostgreSQL implement the OGC and ISO SQL data type for Spatial. This data type provides full geodatabase support as well as SQL access to feature class geometry.
NOTE: The OGC reference is OpenGIS® Implementation Specification for Geographic information - Simple feature access - Part 2: SQL option.
NOTE: The ISO reference is ISO/IEC 13249-3 SQL multimedia and application packages - Part 3: Spatial.
|FGDC - U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee||
|ISO 19115/19139 Geographic Information Metadata|
|Metadata conversion between profiles|
|Publishing metadata as a web service|
|OAI-PMH - The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting||
|CSW - OGC Catalog services for the web||
|Z39.50 - Library catalog services from the U.S. Library of Congress and ISO (Standard 23950)||