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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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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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