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hale Anwenderforum 2020
07.11.2019 by Christopher Hönn, Akshat Bajaj

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INSPIRE gewinnt Fahrt: Immer mehr Datensätze werden transformiert. Andere Standards wie XPlanung werden integriert. Gleichzeitig rücken die Termine näher. Jetzt kommt es darauf an, dass alle Prozesse reibungslos funktionieren, die Qualität stimmt und man aus den Erfahrungen anderer lernt.

Kommen Sie deshalb am 29. und 30. Januar nach Darmstadt zum nächsten hale Anwenderforum. Sprechen Sie mit Experten und Anwendern, sammeln Sie Ideen und Anregungen und erfahren Sie mehr über die neuesten technologischen Möglichkeiten:

  • Was sind aktuell Best Practices für die Transformation von Daten, insbesondere in Anhang II und Anhang III?
  • Wie lassen sich INSPIRE und nationale Standards wie XPlanung, NAS, ISYBAU etc. gemeinsam umsetzen? Wie lässt sich dadurch der Mehrwert für die Datennutzer verbessern?
  • Welche neuen Funktionen bieten hale»studio und hale»connect? Wie sieht die Roadmap aus?
  • Wie lassen sich innovative Anwendungen für INSPIRE, XPlanung & Co. entwickeln? Wie kann die Nutzung der Daten durch die Datenanbieter verbessert werden?
  • Und schließlich wollen wir einen Ausblick auf die Zukunft von INSPIRE, SDIs und die Nutzung interoperabler Daten geben.

Alle weiteren Informationen über Organisation, Ablauf und Teilnahmepauschalen erhalten Sie, wenn Sie eine kurze Mail an info@wetransform.to schicken.

Wir freuen uns auf Sie!

hale User Meeting

The INSPIRE movement is gaining momentum. More and more datasets are being transformed and made INSPIRE compliant. Other standards such as XPlanung are being integrated as well. Simultaneously, the deadlines are approaching. It is now important that all processes are running smoothly, the data quality is up to standards and you learn from the experiences of others.

That’s why you should attend the hale User forum on the 29th and 30th of January in Darmstadt! Talk to experts and users, gather ideas and suggestions and learn more about the newest technological possibilities:

  • What are the best practices for Annex II and Annex III data transformations?
  • How can INSPIRE and national standards such as XPlanung, NAS, ISYBAU, etc. be implemented together?
  • How can you increase the added value to data users?
  • Which new features will hale»connect and hale»studio offer? What is the roadmap for these features?
  • How can you develop innovative applications for INPSIRE, XPlanung and other standards? How can data providers improve their data usage?
  • Finally, we want to give a glimpse into the future of INSPIRE, SDIs and the use of interoperable data.

All further information about organization, procedure and participation fees can be obtained by sending a short e-mail to info@wetransform.to. We look forward to seeing you!

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INSPIRE gewinnt Fahrt: Immer mehr Datensätze werden transformiert. Andere Standards wie XPlanung werden integriert. Gleichzeitig rücken die Termine näher. Jetzt kommt es darauf an, dass alle Prozesse reibungslos funktionieren, die Qualität stimmt und man aus den Erfahrungen anderer lernt.

Kommen Sie deshalb am 29. und 30. Januar nach Darmstadt zum nächsten hale Anwenderforum. Sprechen Sie mit Experten und Anwendern, sammeln Sie Ideen und Anregungen und erfahren Sie mehr über die neuesten technologischen Möglichkeiten:

  • Was sind aktuell Best Practices für die Transformation von Daten, insbesondere in Anhang II und Anhang III?
  • Wie lassen sich INSPIRE und nationale Standards wie XPlanung, NAS, ISYBAU etc. gemeinsam umsetzen? Wie lässt sich dadurch der Mehrwert für die Datennutzer verbessern?
  • Welche neuen Funktionen bieten hale»studio und hale»connect? Wie sieht die Roadmap aus?
  • Wie lassen sich innovative Anwendungen für INSPIRE, XPlanung & Co. entwickeln? Wie kann die Nutzung der Daten durch die Datenanbieter verbessert werden?
  • Und schließlich wollen wir einen Ausblick auf die Zukunft von INSPIRE, SDIs und die Nutzung interoperabler Daten geben.

Alle weiteren Informationen über Organisation, Ablauf und Teilnahmepauschalen erhalten Sie, wenn Sie eine kurze Mail an info@wetransform.to schicken.

Wir freuen uns auf Sie!

hale User Meeting

The INSPIRE movement is gaining momentum. More and more datasets are being transformed and made INSPIRE compliant. Other standards such as XPlanung are being integrated as well. Simultaneously, the deadlines are approaching. It is now important that all processes are running smoothly, the data quality is up to standards and you learn from the experiences of others.

That’s why you should attend the hale User forum on the 29th and 30th of January in Darmstadt! Talk to experts and users, gather ideas and suggestions and learn more about the newest technological possibilities:

  • What are the best practices for Annex II and Annex III data transformations?
  • How can INSPIRE and national standards such as XPlanung, NAS, ISYBAU, etc. be implemented together?
  • How can you increase the added value to data users?
  • Which new features will hale»connect and hale»studio offer? What is the roadmap for these features?
  • How can you develop innovative applications for INPSIRE, XPlanung and other standards? How can data providers improve their data usage?
  • Finally, we want to give a glimpse into the future of INSPIRE, SDIs and the use of interoperable data.

All further information about organization, procedure and participation fees can be obtained by sending a short e-mail to info@wetransform.to. We look forward to seeing you!

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Here’s what’s new in hale»connect this month:

New Resource List

The latest update to hale»connect features a new dataset resource list. Simply log-in to hale»connect and visit the Data tab to view the new resource list, which features improved search, sort and filtering tools like the Global/Organisation button, column sorting and badges. Resources now display with distinct hierarchical styling for root and child dataset rows.

The new status column provides an overview of the system status and validation state of a hale»connect resource. Click on any of the icons to navigate directly to the resource overview page, the metadata, the download services, or the view services. The status column includes progress spinners to indicate processes that are currently running.

The column widget at the top right enables users to configure the column layout of the resource list.

Organisation Added to User Listing

The organisations that a user belongs to have been added to the users section found in Settings. An ellipsis appears in the column for users who belong to more than one organisation. Hover over the ellipsis icon for a list of all of the user’s organisations.

Priority Dataset and Spatial Scope Keywords Added to Metadata Generation

hale»connect now enables users to tag their metadata with Priority dataset and Spatial Scope keywords from the INSPIRE Registry. New dataset creation on hale»connect allows users to select the keywords required in the metadata editor. Priority dataset keywords enable datasets to be searched in the INSPIRE Thematic Viewer and are mandatory for priority datasets.

Subscribe to the Events of an Organisation

Organisation profile pages now offer the option to subscribe to an organisation’s events. Subscription to the new toggle switch “Events” ensures that users receive email notification for failed automated workflows, such as online transformation configurations.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more changes! If you have any questions, feel free to write to us at info@wetransform.to.

Here’s what’s new in hale»connect this month:

New Resource List

The latest update to hale»connect features a new dataset resource list. Simply log-in to hale»connect and visit the Data tab to view the new resource list, which features improved search, sort and filtering tools like the Global/Organisation button, column sorting and badges. Resources now display with distinct hierarchical styling for root and child dataset rows.

The new status column provides an overview of the system status and validation state of a hale»connect resource. Click on any of the icons to navigate directly to the resource overview page, the metadata, the download services, or the view services. The status column includes progress spinners to indicate processes that are currently running.

The column widget at the top right enables users to configure the column layout of the resource list.

Organisation Added to User Listing

The organisations that a user belongs to have been added to the users section found in Settings. An ellipsis appears in the column for users who belong to more than one organisation. Hover over the ellipsis icon for a list of all of the user’s organisations.

Priority Dataset and Spatial Scope Keywords Added to Metadata Generation

hale»connect now enables users to tag their metadata with Priority dataset and Spatial Scope keywords from the INSPIRE Registry. New dataset creation on hale»connect allows users to select the keywords required in the metadata editor. Priority dataset keywords enable datasets to be searched in the INSPIRE Thematic Viewer and are mandatory for priority datasets.

Subscribe to the Events of an Organisation

Organisation profile pages now offer the option to subscribe to an organisation’s events. Subscription to the new toggle switch “Events” ensures that users receive email notification for failed automated workflows, such as online transformation configurations.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more changes! If you have any questions, feel free to write to us at info@wetransform.to.

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hale Anwenderforum 2020
10.10.2019 by Christopher Hönn, Akshat Bajaj

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nach unserer INSPIRE and Beyond-Veranstaltung 2018 haben viele von Ihnen den Wunsch geäußert, wieder an einer solchen Veranstaltung teilzunehmen. Wir haben Ihr Feedback aufgegriffen und freuen uns, Sie zum nächsten hale Anwenderforum am 29. und 30. Januar 2020 in Darmstadt einzuladen.

Es erwartet Sie eine Mischung aus Schulung, Ideenaustausch und informativen Vorträgen. Dabei stehen dieses Mal Ihre Beiträge im Vordergrund: Sprechen Sie mit anderen Anwendern über konkrete Erfolge und Herausforderungen. Bringen Sie sich mit Ihren Themen und Fragen ein. Und entwickeln Sie mit uns gemeinsam neue Ideen, wie Bereitsteller und Plattformen die Daten-Nutzer erfolgreich unterstützen und an sich binden können.

Alle weiteren Informationen über Organisation, Ablauf und Teilnahmepauschalen erhalten Sie, wenn Sie kurze eine Mail an info@wetransform.to schicken.

Wir freuen uns auf Sie!

INSPIRE and Beyond 2018
Eine Impression von / An impression from IAB 2018

hale User Meeting

After our INSPIRE and Beyond event in 2018, many expressed the desire to attend such an event again. We have picked upon your feedback and we would like to invite you to the next German-speaking hale user conference in Darmstadt on January 29th and 30th, 2020.

You can expect a mixture of training, exchange of ideas and informative talks. This time, your contributions are at the forefront: Talk to other users about concrete successes and challenges. Get involved with your topics of interest and questions. And join us in developing new ideas about how providers and platforms can successfully support and retain data users!

All further information about organization, procedure and participation fees can be obtained by sending a short e-mail to info@wetransform.to.

We look forward to seeing you!

Please note that all presentations, workshops and keynotes will be delivered in German.

English Version Below

nach unserer INSPIRE and Beyond-Veranstaltung 2018 haben viele von Ihnen den Wunsch geäußert, wieder an einer solchen Veranstaltung teilzunehmen. Wir haben Ihr Feedback aufgegriffen und freuen uns, Sie zum nächsten hale Anwenderforum am 29. und 30. Januar 2020 in Darmstadt einzuladen.

Es erwartet Sie eine Mischung aus Schulung, Ideenaustausch und informativen Vorträgen. Dabei stehen dieses Mal Ihre Beiträge im Vordergrund: Sprechen Sie mit anderen Anwendern über konkrete Erfolge und Herausforderungen. Bringen Sie sich mit Ihren Themen und Fragen ein. Und entwickeln Sie mit uns gemeinsam neue Ideen, wie Bereitsteller und Plattformen die Daten-Nutzer erfolgreich unterstützen und an sich binden können.

Alle weiteren Informationen über Organisation, Ablauf und Teilnahmepauschalen erhalten Sie, wenn Sie kurze eine Mail an info@wetransform.to schicken.

Wir freuen uns auf Sie!

INSPIRE and Beyond 2018
Eine Impression von / An impression from IAB 2018

hale User Meeting

After our INSPIRE and Beyond event in 2018, many expressed the desire to attend such an event again. We have picked upon your feedback and we would like to invite you to the next German-speaking hale user conference in Darmstadt on January 29th and 30th, 2020.

You can expect a mixture of training, exchange of ideas and informative talks. This time, your contributions are at the forefront: Talk to other users about concrete successes and challenges. Get involved with your topics of interest and questions. And join us in developing new ideas about how providers and platforms can successfully support and retain data users!

All further information about organization, procedure and participation fees can be obtained by sending a short e-mail to info@wetransform.to.

We look forward to seeing you!

Please note that all presentations, workshops and keynotes will be delivered in German.

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The world of open-source geospatial software constantly provides exciting developments that change the landscape of GIS operations and influence spatial data-driven decision making. Once a year, these developments brought to the forefront at the FOSS4G conference.

This year’s FOSS4G was host to over 1100 participants from all over the world in the beautiful city of Bucharest. The conference combined scenic venues with cutting-edge open source geospatial advancements.

FOSS4G Bucharest
The conference was held in the University of Bucharest, National Theatre of Bucharest (both pictured above,) Bragadiru Palace and the Palace of Parliament.

Wetransform demonstrated hale»studio, the only open-source ETL tool that has been built from the ground up to support open standards such as INSPIRE.

Transformations to complex INSPIRE schemas can take up significant resources and require expert knowledge. Hale studio demonstrated just how easy it is to achieve INSPIRE compliance with the right functionalities at hand. Through its declarative mappings, state-of-the-art transformation engine and interactive documentation, even beginners can easily grasp complicated transformation methodologies.

In our presentation, I demonstrated hale»studio and created a mapping alignment as a part of the demonstration. I am, coincidentally, also a beginner in the world of data harmonizations. The task of creating a mapping alignment seemed daunting at first, but hale»studio’s interactive documentation gave me a quick understanding of the basics. The various views offered by the tool also allowed for quick and easy data filtering, which gave me a better understanding of the source data. The mapping alignment definitions clearly indicated how data would be manipulated. After about two hours of looking into the interactive documentation and exploring the tool, I could create a mapping alignment and execute a transformation. hale»studio also let me compare the source data and transformed data visually on a map to check for any discrepancies, which helped to double-check if everything was in order. If you’d like, you can try out the tool as well!


The transformation isn’t the end of the INSPIRE Implementation workflow. The data that has been transformed also needs to be validated against INSPIRE standards. The JRC has developed an open source tool that does just that. The INSPIRE validator allows to check if metadata, data and network services are compliant with technical INSPIRE guidelines. The presentation on the current status and the further development of this tool can be found here.

There were other presentations and workshops that highlighted the exciting future of open source trends outside of INSPIRE.

As the geographical data we are collecting is increasing exponentially in volume and complexity, the challenge of meaningfully representing the different dimensions of this data in maps is growing as well.

Essensys’ Daniel Urda and Florian Iosub presented the advantages of using open-source GIS technology on top of commercial tools to provide project specific features that are available to and supported by a large community. Essensys developed a custom spatial visualization widget that can be used with Microsoft’s PowerBi. The widget is built on OpenLayers. It provides a view of data with spatial data characteristics such as custom, time-enabled geometries and custom basemaps that are consumed using open standards such as GeoJSON and WMS. You can find a video of the presentation here.

The next big event we’ll be at is the INSPIRE Helsinki event organized by the National Land Survey of Finland. If you want to learn more about the only large-scale INSPIRE focused event of the year, click here!

The world of open-source geospatial software constantly provides exciting developments that change the landscape of GIS operations and influence spatial data-driven decision making. Once a year, these developments brought to the forefront at the FOSS4G conference.

This year’s FOSS4G was host to over 1100 participants from all over the world in the beautiful city of Bucharest. The conference combined scenic venues with cutting-edge open source geospatial advancements.

FOSS4G Bucharest
The conference was held in the University of Bucharest, National Theatre of Bucharest (both pictured above,) Bragadiru Palace and the Palace of Parliament.

Wetransform demonstrated hale»studio, the only open-source ETL tool that has been built from the ground up to support open standards such as INSPIRE.

Transformations to complex INSPIRE schemas can take up significant resources and require expert knowledge. Hale studio demonstrated just how easy it is to achieve INSPIRE compliance with the right functionalities at hand. Through its declarative mappings, state-of-the-art transformation engine and interactive documentation, even beginners can easily grasp complicated transformation methodologies.

In our presentation, I demonstrated hale»studio and created a mapping alignment as a part of the demonstration. I am, coincidentally, also a beginner in the world of data harmonizations. The task of creating a mapping alignment seemed daunting at first, but hale»studio’s interactive documentation gave me a quick understanding of the basics. The various views offered by the tool also allowed for quick and easy data filtering, which gave me a better understanding of the source data. The mapping alignment definitions clearly indicated how data would be manipulated. After about two hours of looking into the interactive documentation and exploring the tool, I could create a mapping alignment and execute a transformation. hale»studio also let me compare the source data and transformed data visually on a map to check for any discrepancies, which helped to double-check if everything was in order. If you’d like, you can try out the tool as well!


The transformation isn’t the end of the INSPIRE Implementation workflow. The data that has been transformed also needs to be validated against INSPIRE standards. The JRC has developed an open source tool that does just that. The INSPIRE validator allows to check if metadata, data and network services are compliant with technical INSPIRE guidelines. The presentation on the current status and the further development of this tool can be found here.

There were other presentations and workshops that highlighted the exciting future of open source trends outside of INSPIRE.

As the geographical data we are collecting is increasing exponentially in volume and complexity, the challenge of meaningfully representing the different dimensions of this data in maps is growing as well.

Essensys’ Daniel Urda and Florian Iosub presented the advantages of using open-source GIS technology on top of commercial tools to provide project specific features that are available to and supported by a large community. Essensys developed a custom spatial visualization widget that can be used with Microsoft’s PowerBi. The widget is built on OpenLayers. It provides a view of data with spatial data characteristics such as custom, time-enabled geometries and custom basemaps that are consumed using open standards such as GeoJSON and WMS. You can find a video of the presentation here.

The next big event we’ll be at is the INSPIRE Helsinki event organized by the National Land Survey of Finland. If you want to learn more about the only large-scale INSPIRE focused event of the year, click here!

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Here’s what’s new in hale»connect this month:

Choose an organisation for dataset creation

hale»connect now enables Theme Managers and Superusers to create datasets for organizations that they are not currently logged into. The first step of the dataset creation workflow now includes a dropdown menu of organisations. The organization dropdown menu contains all the organisations for which the currently logged in user can create datasets for. The new menu will not appear if one does not belong to more than one organization.

Specify custom data upload instructions for a theme

hale»connect themes can be configured to include custom data upload instructions. Navigate to the overview section of a theme to view the new editable text field. Users with permission to edit a theme can enter their own, custom data upload instructions. The instructions will appear in a message dialog in the data upload workflow step of dataset creation.

Avatar upload for organization profile

hale»connect users can now customize organization profile pages to include an avatar. Simply click on the profile image to upload your organization’s logo or custom image.

Profile Modelling Tool Updates

Add tag for manual testing in ETS

The profile modelling tools now enable users to add a reserved tag to conditions and profile type attributes that allow marking their associated tests in an ETS file as requiring manual testing. ETS files exported from hale»connect will display tests with the “Manuelle Prüfung” tag in yellow.

Add property tag for using XML blocks as example

The profile modelling tools have been extended to include the option to add an example-xml tag to feature types and attributes. The new tag allows the use of an XML block as a literal example value for the sample XML file generation.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more changes! If you have any questions, feel free to write to us at info@wetransform.to.

Here’s what’s new in hale»connect this month:

Choose an organisation for dataset creation

hale»connect now enables Theme Managers and Superusers to create datasets for organizations that they are not currently logged into. The first step of the dataset creation workflow now includes a dropdown menu of organisations. The organization dropdown menu contains all the organisations for which the currently logged in user can create datasets for. The new menu will not appear if one does not belong to more than one organization.

Specify custom data upload instructions for a theme

hale»connect themes can be configured to include custom data upload instructions. Navigate to the overview section of a theme to view the new editable text field. Users with permission to edit a theme can enter their own, custom data upload instructions. The instructions will appear in a message dialog in the data upload workflow step of dataset creation.

Avatar upload for organization profile

hale»connect users can now customize organization profile pages to include an avatar. Simply click on the profile image to upload your organization’s logo or custom image.

Profile Modelling Tool Updates

Add tag for manual testing in ETS

The profile modelling tools now enable users to add a reserved tag to conditions and profile type attributes that allow marking their associated tests in an ETS file as requiring manual testing. ETS files exported from hale»connect will display tests with the “Manuelle Prüfung” tag in yellow.

Add property tag for using XML blocks as example

The profile modelling tools have been extended to include the option to add an example-xml tag to feature types and attributes. The new tag allows the use of an XML block as a literal example value for the sample XML file generation.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more changes! If you have any questions, feel free to write to us at info@wetransform.to.

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