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Open and On-Site Workshops

Would you like to have the capability in your team to create and publish INSPIRE data, or to learn data transformation with hale studio in-depth? We offer open and on-site workshops.

We conduct workshops in English or German language.

Topics for workshops we've done already include, but are not limited to:

  • Data Harmonisation (for INSPIRE) with hale studio (1 to 2 days)
  • Advanced Data Transformation with hale studio (2 days)
  • The Basics of INSPIRE Data Specifications (1 day)
  • Data-Driven Modelling (1 day)
  • Automation and Operation of Spatial Data Infrastructures (1 to 2 days)
Michel and I thought this course was particularly good. It covered a wide range of topics from INSPIRE data extensions to data tansformation and the trainers had a great grasp of the topic.
Leendert Dorst, MINDEF
After the workshop, we are now confident that we can create INSPIRE compliant data sets efficiently.
Günter Meier, FORST BW

Example Workshop Agenda: INSPIRE Data Harmonisation with hale studio

The goal of this workshop is to enable the participants to harmonise existing geodata from different sources and models to create INSPIRE-compliant data and services. During the workshop, we will create mapping projects with hale studio 3.5.0 (open source) both from example data sets we provide and from data sets the participants bring with them. During the workshop, participants will build a working, ready to use transformation mapping that results in a standards-compliant spatial data set, ready for publishing.

Participants will learn:

  • What general methodologies there are to perform INSPIRE Data Transformation
  • What advantages and disadvantages different tools and approaches have
  • How to analyse schemas and data
  • How to install and configure hale studio
  • What the basic workflow of data transformation in hale studio is
  • How to use basic transformation functions
  • How to use advanced transformation functions, such as Groovy Scripts
  • How to validate resulting data sets and services
  • How to export and publish valid INSPIRE data

The Workshop

The workshop takes full two days, starting at 09:00 and ending at 18:00. The workshop includes presentations, demos and substantial hands-on projects. For these, the participants are invited to bring their own data. The final agenda is:

Day 1
09:00 – 09:30 Introduction and agenda
  • Introduction of participants
  • Expectations, Goals and Project Context
09:30 – 10:30 Methods and Concepts for INSPIRE Data Transformation
  • INSPIRE Data Modelling
  • INSPIRE Data Harmonisation
  • Required Functionality for INSPIRE Data Transformation tools
  • An Overview of Solutions
10:30 – 11:30 INSPIRE Data Specifications and Extensions (60 min)
  • Handling of voidable attributes
  • Handling codelists
  • Handling INSPIRE Identifiers and Registries and their implementation in hale studio
  • INSPIRE model extensions
11:30 – 12:30 Hands-On Basics of hale studio
  • An Overview of hale studio and its users
  • Installation and configuration
  • Basics of the hale studio UI
  • Creation of a project with source and target schemas
  • Data and schema analysis with hale studio
  • Creating a first schema mapping
  • Basic transformation functions and semi-automatic mapping
  • Export GML and publishing to services
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:15 Hands-On Advanced HALE Features
  • Working with Databases
  • Automation with HALE CLI
  • Advanced transformation functions (Custom Functions/Groovy scripts)
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:30 Hands-On Harmonisation Project for an INSPIRE Theme, e.g. Protected Sites
  • Introduction to INSPIRE Protected Sites
  • Create mapping project to INSPIRE
  • Data validation (15 min)
Day 2
09:00 – 12:30 Hands-On individual mapping projects to INSPIRE (participants are invited to bring their own data)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:15 (continuation) Hands-On individual mapping projects to INSPIRE, publishing of data using geoserver or deegree
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:30 Final Session
  • Current Users and Projects in the INSPIRE world
  • INSPIRE and hale studio Roadmap
  • Conclusions, Q&A, Feedback

About wetransform GmbH and the trainers

At wetransform, we make our customer’s data truly interoperable and more valuable. Headquartered in Darmstadt (Germany), the city of science, we simplify complex aspects of your work through creative solutions. Since our beginnings as a Fraunhofer Spin-off in 2014, we’ve helped more than 30 customers to implement and adopt INSPIRE. With recent investments from Fraunhofer Ventures and the High-Tech Gründerfonds, our team has grown significantly.

Simon Templer

Dipl. Inf. Simon Templer is a founder of wetransform and acts as Managing Director and CTO. Before founding wetransform, Simon worked as a Researcher at Fraunhofer IGD’s GIS department from 2009 to 2012. He has substantial expertise in data transformation for a wide range of formats and standards and is the main developer of hale studio.

Thorsten Reitz

M.Sc. Thorsten Reitz is a founder and the CEO of wetransform GmbH. From 2005 on, he worked at Fraunhofer IGD’s GIS department. As a researcher, he developed the initial versions of hale studio, the #1 open source tool for INSPIRE data transformation. In 2010, Thorsten became department lead and acquired numerous large-scale data harmonisation projects. From 2012 to 2015, he worked as a Lead Product Engineer at the Esri R&D Center Zurich. In 2014, he founded wetransform to provide harmonisation services and support for hale, and to develop a cloud platform for INSPIRE data providers and users.

Andreas von Dömming

Dipl. Ing. Andreas von Dömming is wetransform’s Lead for Professional Services activities. From 2007 to 2014, he was coordinating the German SDI at the Federal Agency of Cartography and Geodesy. In 2014, he founded bespire and provided services related to Spatial Data Infrastructures, with a focus on registries. In November 2016, bespire and wetransform merged, and Andreas joined wetransform.

Next Open Workshop in Darmstadt in July 2019.