This year’s INSPIRE event is being held in Helsinki from the 22nd to the 24th of October, with the theme of harvesting the “Sea the of European Spatial Data”. Coders, project managers and data owners will come together to discuss the latest trends and to inspire new developments.

The Highlights

Data Challenges

The event will facilitate different data challenges that aim at solving real world problems by using open data and innovative technology. The topics for these will range from finding the best seaside vacation whilst ensuring sustainability, to making everyday commutes better by using weather, air quality and road data. Wetransform has also organized a data challenge along with AELER technologies that will focus on optimization of intermodal freight transportation. Whether you’re a student, developer or a project manager, each of these data challenges will provide you with valuable insights into the usage of open data. You can learn more about these challenges here.

Workshops

INSPIRE implementation consists of various stages such as metadata management, data transformation, publishing services and validation. Each of these stages can be tackled in a variety of ways. After these stages have been tackled, you still have to build applications on the INSPIRE standard.

To this end, the event will host workshops that will demonstrate some of the best practices for INSPIRE implementations such as using OGC API features and building applications on top of the INSPIRE standard.

Keynotes

The keynotes will be delivered by some of the most prominent personalities of the INSPIRE world. These are the ones that have been involved in the conceptualization, development, execution and the application of the INSPIRE standard. Bart De Lathouwer (President of the Open Geospatial Consortium), Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts (Director, IoT, Forum Virium) and our very own, Thorsten Reitz (Founder and CEO, wetransform GmbH) will be keynote speakers at the conference.

Their talks will discuss the past, current and future trends relevant to INSPIRE. One of the topics that will be discussed is the usage of simple alternative encodings to improve the usefulness of INSPIRE data.

As a sneak peek of what’s to come, you can check out this video on the GeoJSON Alternative Encoding, and how it acts as an alternative to the INSPIRE standard in order to provide high-quality data visualizations.

Implement INSPIRE with one day of work for just 500€/year

As usual, wetransform representatives will be present at the event and ready to offer advice on implementing the INSPIRE directive. If you’d like to set up a meeting with us to discuss a cost-effective and fast approach to implementing INSPIRE, or if you’d just like come say hi, click on the button below and send us an e-mail!

This year’s INSPIRE event is being held in Helsinki from the 22nd to the 24th of October, with the theme of harvesting the “Sea the of European Spatial Data”. Coders, project managers and data owners will come together to discuss the latest trends and to inspire new developments.

The Highlights

Data Challenges

The event will facilitate different data challenges that aim at solving real world problems by using open data and innovative technology. The topics for these will range from finding the best seaside vacation whilst ensuring sustainability, to making everyday commutes better by using weather, air quality and road data. Wetransform has also organized a data challenge along with AELER technologies that will focus on optimization of intermodal freight transportation. Whether you’re a student, developer or a project manager, each of these data challenges will provide you with valuable insights into the usage of open data. You can learn more about these challenges here.

Workshops

INSPIRE implementation consists of various stages such as metadata management, data transformation, publishing services and validation. Each of these stages can be tackled in a variety of ways. After these stages have been tackled, you still have to build applications on the INSPIRE standard.

To this end, the event will host workshops that will demonstrate some of the best practices for INSPIRE implementations such as using OGC API features and building applications on top of the INSPIRE standard.

Keynotes

The keynotes will be delivered by some of the most prominent personalities of the INSPIRE world. These are the ones that have been involved in the conceptualization, development, execution and the application of the INSPIRE standard. Bart De Lathouwer (President of the Open Geospatial Consortium), Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts (Director, IoT, Forum Virium) and our very own, Thorsten Reitz (Founder and CEO, wetransform GmbH) will be keynote speakers at the conference.

Their talks will discuss the past, current and future trends relevant to INSPIRE. One of the topics that will be discussed is the usage of simple alternative encodings to improve the usefulness of INSPIRE data.

As a sneak peek of what’s to come, you can check out this video on the GeoJSON Alternative Encoding, and how it acts as an alternative to the INSPIRE standard in order to provide high-quality data visualizations.

Implement INSPIRE with one day of work for just 500€/year

As usual, wetransform representatives will be present at the event and ready to offer advice on implementing the INSPIRE directive. If you’d like to set up a meeting with us to discuss a cost-effective and fast approach to implementing INSPIRE, or if you’d just like come say hi, click on the button below and send us an e-mail!

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hale»connect has a new dataset overview page including a status panel which provides users a summary overview of the operational and validation states of datasets and services.

The data overview page displays general properties and settings of the data set.

The ownership panel provides helpful information including the organization of the user who created the data set, the name of the user who created the data set and the date of the last update to the data set.

The status panel provides an overview of the system status of published resources related to the data set:

  • Green checkmarks indicate that the resource is valid and operating normally.
  • Yellow dashes indicate that the resource has validation warnings and is operating with errors.
  • Red X’s indicate that the resource has validation errors and is not operating normally.
  • Grey dashes indicate that the resource is not published.

The toggle switches in the action section indicate the current access and notification settings of the data set. Users can activate the Subscribed toggle switch to receive email notifications when there are service updates, transformations, and new comments or tasks added. Activate the Protect services toggle switch to password protect your view and download services.

The Feature type count graph displays the number of features for each feature type in the dataset’s schema.

Navigate to the “Overview” section of any dataset published on haleconnect.com to view the new overview page. A screenshot of it is displayed below.

As usual, if you have any comments, questions or concerns, reach out to us at info@wetransform.to!

hale»connect has a new dataset overview page including a status panel which provides users a summary overview of the operational and validation states of datasets and services.

The data overview page displays general properties and settings of the data set.

The ownership panel provides helpful information including the organization of the user who created the data set, the name of the user who created the data set and the date of the last update to the data set.

The status panel provides an overview of the system status of published resources related to the data set:

  • Green checkmarks indicate that the resource is valid and operating normally.
  • Yellow dashes indicate that the resource has validation warnings and is operating with errors.
  • Red X’s indicate that the resource has validation errors and is not operating normally.
  • Grey dashes indicate that the resource is not published.

The toggle switches in the action section indicate the current access and notification settings of the data set. Users can activate the Subscribed toggle switch to receive email notifications when there are service updates, transformations, and new comments or tasks added. Activate the Protect services toggle switch to password protect your view and download services.

The Feature type count graph displays the number of features for each feature type in the dataset’s schema.

Navigate to the “Overview” section of any dataset published on haleconnect.com to view the new overview page. A screenshot of it is displayed below.

As usual, if you have any comments, questions or concerns, reach out to us at info@wetransform.to!

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INSPIRE Goes Global
11.07.2019 by Akshat Bajaj, Thorsten Reitz

The INSPIRE directive was passed in 2007 to facilitate easy exchange of environmental and spatial information. Its purpose is to make data from different sources easily accessible to stakeholders to boost data-driven decision-making. INSPIRE offers high-quality data and a solid foundation to build data-driven processes on. Now, the value offered by the INSPIRE directive is being recognized by private organizations outside of the EU.

Minerva Intelligence Inc applies auditable and explainable AI to complex geoscience problems, ranging from geohazard assessment to mineral target identification to climate law impact. To get the best possible results, Minerva harnesses INSPIRE standards to improve the quality of its AI models.

In one of their projects, Minerva created a freely accessible map of Yukon Mineral Targets. It allows users to identify claimed and unclaimed mineral targets in the Yukon region. Minerva’s software evaluates the best mineral targets based on comparisons of targets with their best-matching mineral deposit models. Each target is assigned a score based on the degree of the match, and the targets with the highest score are displayed. An in-depth report of the scoring mechanism for each target is also available. The report explains how the comparison was done and how the score of each target was determined. These explanations provide a better understanding of the reasoning behind the AI’s decision-making in a simple and concise manner. It gives users information about what they need to investigate when conducting follow-up work on each target.

Yukon Mineral Targets
Yukon Mineral Targets: Targets by Commodity

To improve the results of the AI model and apply it to data from different regions, global terminologies were needed. These terminologies would ensure that the model used in this situation could be reapplied to other similar situations. Standardized terminologies would ensure a high-quality database and improve the results of the AI model. It was also hard to find a specification that would be broadly applicable, since most data specifications are narrow and are built with a specific goal in mind.

To this end, the INSPIRE Geology data format was used for the bedrock geology layer. INSPIRE is an EU-wide standard that provides common terminologies for 44 countries with different types of data. This wide range ensured that the terminologies used in developing parts of this map could also be used for other purposes. The state-of-the-art terminology provided by INSPIRE formed a high-quality basis for the AI’s operations. It facilitated a better analysis of information.

INSPIRE Geology Theme
INSPIRE Geology Layer

Open standards such as INSPIRE create opportunities for collaboration. They create consistency in the storage of data to keep multiple stakeholders in sync. They consolidate data quality to ensure less risks in data processing. Ultimately, they lead to more better data-processing, be it in the private sector or the public sector.

Data standardization, however, can pose a challenge. It is hard to achieve without the right tools and knowledge. It is reported that most organizations spend up to 70% of their time only on data standardization tasks.

hale connect was used to deliver the data and the map shown above. It allowed Minerva to design and publish data that was INSPIRE compliant through a secure methodology that guaranteed high data quality. Through the introduction of a standardised and easily available dataset, Minerva enhanced the results of its AI model and made its predictions more accurate. Since global terminolgies were used, the model could also be used for different regions without having to re-train or re-build the model.

Our toolset effectively helps you to deal with the complexities of standardisation, such as metadata generation and validation, data transformation and the publishing and viewing of services. We’ve already helped over 80 organizations comply with standards such as INSPIRE and XPlanung through our products and services, and we want to keep make standardization easily accessible. Do you want to know how your BI or AI application can benefit from easily accessible, standardized, harmonised data? Send a message to info@wetransform.to, and we can set up a free webinar to guide you through the process!

The INSPIRE directive was passed in 2007 to facilitate easy exchange of environmental and spatial information. Its purpose is to make data from different sources easily accessible to stakeholders to boost data-driven decision-making. INSPIRE offers high-quality data and a solid foundation to build data-driven processes on. Now, the value offered by the INSPIRE directive is being recognized by private organizations outside of the EU.

Minerva Intelligence Inc applies auditable and explainable AI to complex geoscience problems, ranging from geohazard assessment to mineral target identification to climate law impact. To get the best possible results, Minerva harnesses INSPIRE standards to improve the quality of its AI models.

In one of their projects, Minerva created a freely accessible map of Yukon Mineral Targets. It allows users to identify claimed and unclaimed mineral targets in the Yukon region. Minerva’s software evaluates the best mineral targets based on comparisons of targets with their best-matching mineral deposit models. Each target is assigned a score based on the degree of the match, and the targets with the highest score are displayed. An in-depth report of the scoring mechanism for each target is also available. The report explains how the comparison was done and how the score of each target was determined. These explanations provide a better understanding of the reasoning behind the AI’s decision-making in a simple and concise manner. It gives users information about what they need to investigate when conducting follow-up work on each target.

Yukon Mineral Targets
Yukon Mineral Targets: Targets by Commodity

To improve the results of the AI model and apply it to data from different regions, global terminologies were needed. These terminologies would ensure that the model used in this situation could be reapplied to other similar situations. Standardized terminologies would ensure a high-quality database and improve the results of the AI model. It was also hard to find a specification that would be broadly applicable, since most data specifications are narrow and are built with a specific goal in mind.

To this end, the INSPIRE Geology data format was used for the bedrock geology layer. INSPIRE is an EU-wide standard that provides common terminologies for 44 countries with different types of data. This wide range ensured that the terminologies used in developing parts of this map could also be used for other purposes. The state-of-the-art terminology provided by INSPIRE formed a high-quality basis for the AI’s operations. It facilitated a better analysis of information.

INSPIRE Geology Theme
INSPIRE Geology Layer

Open standards such as INSPIRE create opportunities for collaboration. They create consistency in the storage of data to keep multiple stakeholders in sync. They consolidate data quality to ensure less risks in data processing. Ultimately, they lead to more better data-processing, be it in the private sector or the public sector.

Data standardization, however, can pose a challenge. It is hard to achieve without the right tools and knowledge. It is reported that most organizations spend up to 70% of their time only on data standardization tasks.

hale connect was used to deliver the data and the map shown above. It allowed Minerva to design and publish data that was INSPIRE compliant through a secure methodology that guaranteed high data quality. Through the introduction of a standardised and easily available dataset, Minerva enhanced the results of its AI model and made its predictions more accurate. Since global terminolgies were used, the model could also be used for different regions without having to re-train or re-build the model.

Our toolset effectively helps you to deal with the complexities of standardisation, such as metadata generation and validation, data transformation and the publishing and viewing of services. We’ve already helped over 80 organizations comply with standards such as INSPIRE and XPlanung through our products and services, and we want to keep make standardization easily accessible. Do you want to know how your BI or AI application can benefit from easily accessible, standardized, harmonised data? Send a message to info@wetransform.to, and we can set up a free webinar to guide you through the process!

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Man-made CO2 emissions are a key contributor to global climate change. A large portion of these emissions are generated by freight transport. Water and rail transport are more efficient than road transport in terms of CO2 emissions. Currently, however, Road transport accounts for 75% of freight transport in Europe.

We challenge you to use the wide range of available data to explore the efficiency of intermodal freight transport in Europe. This includes optimizing road, waterway and railway utilization based on factors such as Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) confidence, risk, cost and CO2 emissions.

For the whole month of September, we will provide you with the resources and support so that you can develop demo routing software that identifies and visualises the most efficient intermodal transport.

When you have developed your software, describe it in a short report. Provide a short video or a demo link. Based on these submissions, the organisers will choose the finalists who get a chance to present their solution at the Inspire Helsinki 2019 event, where the final winner will be decided.

Participants stand a chance to win the following prizes:

  • All finalists:
    • Free trip to Helsinki for the final event for one team member
  • First Place:
    • Free trip to INSPIRE 2020 in Dubrovnik for one team member
    • High-Quality electric scooters for up to five team members (500 € value each)
  • Second Place:
    • Sport headphones for up to five team members (100 € value each)

More details can be found here.

Important dates and deadlines:

  • Webinar for challenge introduction: July 14th, 2019
  • Deadline for registration: August 16th 2019. You can find the registration form here.
  • Deadline for written submission of team results: September 30th, 2019
  • Inspire Helsinki 2019 event: October 22nd to 24th, 2019

Man-made CO2 emissions are a key contributor to global climate change. A large portion of these emissions are generated by freight transport. Water and rail transport are more efficient than road transport in terms of CO2 emissions. Currently, however, Road transport accounts for 75% of freight transport in Europe.

We challenge you to use the wide range of available data to explore the efficiency of intermodal freight transport in Europe. This includes optimizing road, waterway and railway utilization based on factors such as Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) confidence, risk, cost and CO2 emissions.

For the whole month of September, we will provide you with the resources and support so that you can develop demo routing software that identifies and visualises the most efficient intermodal transport.

When you have developed your software, describe it in a short report. Provide a short video or a demo link. Based on these submissions, the organisers will choose the finalists who get a chance to present their solution at the Inspire Helsinki 2019 event, where the final winner will be decided.

Participants stand a chance to win the following prizes:

  • All finalists:
    • Free trip to Helsinki for the final event for one team member
  • First Place:
    • Free trip to INSPIRE 2020 in Dubrovnik for one team member
    • High-Quality electric scooters for up to five team members (500 € value each)
  • Second Place:
    • Sport headphones for up to five team members (100 € value each)

More details can be found here.

Important dates and deadlines:

  • Webinar for challenge introduction: July 14th, 2019
  • Deadline for registration: August 16th 2019. You can find the registration form here.
  • Deadline for written submission of team results: September 30th, 2019
  • Inspire Helsinki 2019 event: October 22nd to 24th, 2019

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We’ve brought in more features over the previous month to make your experience with hale»connect even better! Here’s what’s new:

Raster data publishing

hale»connect now supports the upload and publishing of .PNG and .GeoTIFF raster files. This enables you to include your raster data while publishing XPlanung and INSPIRE Land Use data. You can find this option in the “View Services” section in themes. Check out the new raster workflow document in our help section.

New Map View

hale»connect has a new map view based on Open Street Map and Leaflet. You can add your own WMS base map via the layer widget. You can also configure a default basemap configuration for your organization in the organization settings. Check out the documentation sections for more information.

Updated Map View
Map 1: INSPIRE Protected Sites in Germany

Deactivate Users

Administrators can now deactivate and reactivate users. Learn more here.

Autofill rule to populate dataset name

In the metadata section of a theme, users can now add an autofill rule to populate the dataset name. This enables users to select a dataset attribute, or other value, to generate the dataset name. Check out the metadata configuration option here.

Include attachments in atom feed

Haleconnect offers a new setting in the download services section of a theme. The new toggle switch “Include attachment links in Predefined Dataset download services” enables users to download attachments uploaded with their dataset directly from the atom feed. The documentation for this feature can be found here.

Attachment handling

There are now multiple ways to upload attachments on haleconnect. For customers interested in uploading XPlanung data which includes attachments, it is now possible to upload attachment during dataset creation. More information on this update can be found here.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at info@wetransform.to

We’ve brought in more features over the previous month to make your experience with hale»connect even better! Here’s what’s new:

Raster data publishing

hale»connect now supports the upload and publishing of .PNG and .GeoTIFF raster files. This enables you to include your raster data while publishing XPlanung and INSPIRE Land Use data. You can find this option in the “View Services” section in themes. Check out the new raster workflow document in our help section.

New Map View

hale»connect has a new map view based on Open Street Map and Leaflet. You can add your own WMS base map via the layer widget. You can also configure a default basemap configuration for your organization in the organization settings. Check out the documentation sections for more information.

Updated Map View
Map 1: INSPIRE Protected Sites in Germany

Deactivate Users

Administrators can now deactivate and reactivate users. Learn more here.

Autofill rule to populate dataset name

In the metadata section of a theme, users can now add an autofill rule to populate the dataset name. This enables users to select a dataset attribute, or other value, to generate the dataset name. Check out the metadata configuration option here.

Include attachments in atom feed

Haleconnect offers a new setting in the download services section of a theme. The new toggle switch “Include attachment links in Predefined Dataset download services” enables users to download attachments uploaded with their dataset directly from the atom feed. The documentation for this feature can be found here.

Attachment handling

There are now multiple ways to upload attachments on haleconnect. For customers interested in uploading XPlanung data which includes attachments, it is now possible to upload attachment during dataset creation. More information on this update can be found here.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at info@wetransform.to

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