FOSS4G Buenos Aires/Online

One of the largest global gatherings for geospatial software enthusiasts, FOSS4G, will take place from September 27th to October 2nd. The physical event will take place in Buenos Aires, with a virtual portion available worldwide.

FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers, and observers from a broad spectrum of organisations and fields of operation. Through six days of workshops, presentations, discussions, and cooperation, FOSS4G participants create effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, and protocols.

wetransform will showcase hale»studio, the #1 open-source ETL tool for the harmonisation of complex structured data with open standards such as INSPIRE, CityGML, and AIXM.

At the last FOSS4G, we focused on hale»studio’s use in creating interoperable, high-value datasets.

This year, we will bring in our expertise to help understand, explain, and promote the role of free open-source software in terms of sustainability. True to the theme, we will focus on one of hale»studio’s most exciting use cases: how hale»studio is helping save Europe’s forests. In this talk, we will show how harmonised data compliant to international standards such as INSPIRE can be used to introduce scalable solutions to urgent problems such as climate change. If you want to learn more, you can also check out our previous blog post on this topic.

The presentation will take place on Friday, 1st October 2021 at 15:00 CET.

You can register for the event here.

Virtual INSPIRE Conference

This year’s INSPIRE conference will take place virtually from 25th October to 29th October. The focus will be on how INSPIRE will develop and move towards a common European Green Deal data space for environment and sustainability.

The INSPIRE conference has always been one of the turnkey events for the INSPIRE community, and we’ve always done our best to provide that community with unique perspectives. Check out our previous contributions here.

Image of INSPIRE Helsinki 2019 event

A snippet from the INSPIRE Helsinki 2019 Event

The programme is already out, with wetransform contributing to 2 sessions.

We will speak about exciting developments in the INSPIRE ecosystem such as the new activities of the IDSA and the role of the GAIA-X initiative. We will also shed light on our perspective on how INSPIRE has developed and added value, and how the directive can be developed further. You can find more information on the sessions below:

wetransform: INSPIRE Conference Sessions

Session Name Date Time
Architectures, infrastructures and technological enablers for environmental data sharing Tuesday, 26.10.2021 10:00-11:30 CET
Past, present and future of INSPIRE: an industry perspective Wednesday, 27.10.2021 15:30-17:00 CET

Register now!

We look forward to seeing you there!

FOSS4G Buenos Aires/Online

One of the largest global gatherings for geospatial software enthusiasts, FOSS4G, will take place from September 27th to October 2nd. The physical event will take place in Buenos Aires, with a virtual portion available worldwide.

FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers, and observers from a broad spectrum of organisations and fields of operation. Through six days of workshops, presentations, discussions, and cooperation, FOSS4G participants create effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, and protocols.

wetransform will showcase hale»studio, the #1 open-source ETL tool for the harmonisation of complex structured data with open standards such as INSPIRE, CityGML, and AIXM.

At the last FOSS4G, we focused on hale»studio’s use in creating interoperable, high-value datasets.

This year, we will bring in our expertise to help understand, explain, and promote the role of free open-source software in terms of sustainability. True to the theme, we will focus on one of hale»studio’s most exciting use cases: how hale»studio is helping save Europe’s forests. In this talk, we will show how harmonised data compliant to international standards such as INSPIRE can be used to introduce scalable solutions to urgent problems such as climate change. If you want to learn more, you can also check out our previous blog post on this topic.

The presentation will take place on Friday, 1st October 2021 at 15:00 CET.

You can register for the event here.

Virtual INSPIRE Conference

This year’s INSPIRE conference will take place virtually from 25th October to 29th October. The focus will be on how INSPIRE will develop and move towards a common European Green Deal data space for environment and sustainability.

The INSPIRE conference has always been one of the turnkey events for the INSPIRE community, and we’ve always done our best to provide that community with unique perspectives. Check out our previous contributions here.

Image of INSPIRE Helsinki 2019 event

A snippet from the INSPIRE Helsinki 2019 Event

The programme is already out, with wetransform contributing to 2 sessions.

We will speak about exciting developments in the INSPIRE ecosystem such as the new activities of the IDSA and the role of the GAIA-X initiative. We will also shed light on our perspective on how INSPIRE has developed and added value, and how the directive can be developed further. You can find more information on the sessions below:

wetransform: INSPIRE Conference Sessions

Session Name Date Time
Architectures, infrastructures and technological enablers for environmental data sharing Tuesday, 26.10.2021 10:00-11:30 CET
Past, present and future of INSPIRE: an industry perspective Wednesday, 27.10.2021 15:30-17:00 CET

Register now!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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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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