Data interoperability

Data interoperability

ArcGIS supports many data formats – those that are standards (such as KML and GML), and those that are so widely used people consider them to be standards. Esri builds the ArcGIS platform to work directly with multiple data formats. The ArcGIS Interoperability Extension enables extract, transform and load (ETL) for data formats and data models.

Supporting your data formats

Esri ensures you can access, use and store GIS data in the formats you already use.

Feature data

ArcGIS supports all the common feature data formats, including:

  • Geodatabases
  • Spatial databases
  • Shapefiles
  • CAD
  • JSON
  • GeoJSON
  • XML
  • Web layers

Tabular data

ArcGIS can expose the spatial data hidden in your tabular data, including:

  • dBase
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Access
  • CSV

Raster and 3D data

ArcGIS supports more than 200 raster and 3D data formats for:

  • Satellite imager
  • Aerial photography
  • LiDAR data
  • JPEG
  • TIFF
  • GRIB
  • HDF
  • netCDF
  • LandSat
  • Worldview
  • LAS

Web and real-time sensors

ArcGIS supports many web and real-time sensors, such as:

  • MEA
  • Sierra Wireless RAP
  • Trimble TAIP
  • Instagram
  • Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)
  • RSS
  • Twitter

Product interoperability

Esri Australia provides focused solutions to support your specialised workflows.


ArcGIS works with SAP HANA so you can visualise and analyse data on maps. Access spatial analysis services along with 2D and 3D maps for use within the SAP business suite, mobile or BI applications.


ArcGIS Data Interoperability Extension

The ArcGIS Data Interoperability Extension provides a greater ability to define new custom data sources and procedures for advanced transformations between GIS and tabular data structures.


ArcGIS Maps for Office

Bring spreadsheet data to life and use maps to tell your story. ArcGIS Maps for Office integrates ArcGIS with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.


Esri Maps for SharePoint

Get more from data stored in SharePoint lists or data warehouses. Use Esri Maps for SharePoint to create, display, analyse and share information on interactive maps.


Esri Maps for IBM Cognos

Boost business intelligence (BI) to new levels. Esri Maps for IBM Cognos integrates smart maps into BI applications for more complete and actionable reports.


ArcGIS for AutoCAD

CAD and GIS can work well together. ArcGIS offers tools for organising and symbolising CAD data and Esri Australia provides a commonly accepted framework for georeferencing CAD data in a wide variety of applications.


For more information about Esri’s support of data interoperability, email us or call on 1800 870 750.