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We are currently rolling out the latest feature release of hale»connect. This version has already been deployed to most public cloud and private cloud setups and is now also available for on premise setups.

we have increased the number of data sources that you can use, improved performance of INSPIRE view services (as shown in the chart below), and extended metadata support.

Quartile comparison for GetMap response times
Quartile comparison for updated GetMap response times

For Users

New Features

  • For transformed data sets, there is now a link to the source data set on the overview page.
  • An uploaded SLD file can now also be downloaded again in the theme configuration.
  • New functions have been added to improve the performance of web map services (see section for system administrators).
  • In the metadata configuration, several “default” values can now be configured for fields with possible multiple occurrences (via a JSON array).
  • It is now possible to use NetCDF files as data sources.

Changes

  • When uploading a shape file as a schema that contains unsupported special characters in the file name, an error message is now displayed instead of just failing.
  • A task has been added that regularly checks whether there are any unnecessary attachments and deletes them.
  • The limit for uploading SLDs has been increased and now also allows very large SLD files (up to 2 MB).

Fixes

  • For dataset series, the button for deactivating / activating services is no longer incorrectly displayed.
  • An error in the sorting of the organization filter for the data records related to the case has been corrected.
  • If records are deleted in a series, no more raster-related resources remain.
  • When INSPIRE metadata is generated, no invalid “spatial scope” is generated if no value has been specified.
  • The support for multi-step transformation chains has been improved.
  • Errors in the calculation of capacity points for data record series have been corrected.

Information for system administrators

Introduction of a Hybrid Rendering Mode for View Services

So far, hale»connect uses what is known as blob mode to store complex GML objects. This means that instead of generating a fully-fledged normalized database schema, the GML is stored as a single big blob. While this works well for WFS and has additional advantages, it limits WMS performance in several critical places.

We have now introduced a new hybrid mode that stores the data as before as a blob in the database, but also uses the SLD to create a relational database structure that is used for rendering in the WMS.

This relational structure only contains the information that is relevant for rendering, i.e. the geometry and any properties referenced in the SLD. In many cases, this enables us to achieve much better rendering performance, as the data for rendering can be fetched more efficiently from the database.

Limitation 1: Hybrid mode is currently not supported for data set series.

Limitation 2: Whether the hybrid mode can be used for a publication depends on the structure of the data and the SLD. Certain constructs may not (yet) be supported. This includes, for example, if information from associated features is required in the SLD (example: visualization of MappedFeature depending on GeologicUnit).

Introduction of automated generalisation in the hybrid mode

In the new hybrid mode, generalized geometries can be generated in order to optimize the rendering in the WMS for different scales. This means that the rendering performance is significantly less affected by detailed geometries, but the complete details are still available via the WFS and on a large scale in the WMS.

Users can only choose to activate or deactivate generalization at this time. If activated, a standard configuration provided by us is applied, which creates four generalization steps for scales around 1: 5,000, 1: 15,000, 1: 150,000 and 1: 1,000,000.

Note that the generalization option is only available if the hybrid mode can be used for a data set.

Limiting the number of features to render per tile

The performance when rendering WMS requests suffers greatly when large sets of objects are to be rendered. In extreme cases, a single request can encompass several million objects to render, e.g. if an entire data record is to be displayed on a small scale at once. Often this results in response times that are beyond any timeouts, and which are also beyond the INSPIRE Quality of Service requirements.

In hale»connect there is now the possibility to limit the maximum number of features rendered for a given tile. This limitation already applies to the database in hybrid mode and for SLDs without filters, even in blob mode. Larger objects are preferred over smaller objects to be more likely to select objects that are also visible or that span several tiles.

For this functionality there are no user-visible fine-tuning options – it can only be turned on or off. When activated for a dataset, no more than 10,000 features are rendered for a single 256x256 tile.

Erroneous Feature Type associations

An error has led to inconsistent feature type assignment in the database. This could lead to problems when inserting data.

This problem has been resolved by reading and using the assignment stored in the database. To do this, however, the data in the database must be corrected so that it uses the correct mapping.

This happens automatically with this version when the WMS/WFS service is started, but the data is no longer compatible with previous versions after the process has been completed.

The logs should contain messages such as “Starting attempt to fix blob mappings in feature store” and “Completed fixing blob mappings in feature store” with additional details at the first start for each feature store / publication.

In order to avoid the possible caching of incorrect tiles by Mapproxy, it is recommended to switch off the bsp-mapproxy service for the duration of the process (e.g. by setting the configuration key override_replicas.bsp-mapproxy to 0 before the deployment).

Interested in learning more about how hale»connect can make INSPIRE easy for you? Click here.

We are currently rolling out the latest feature release of hale»connect. This version has already been deployed to most public cloud and private cloud setups and is now also available for on premise setups.

we have increased the number of data sources that you can use, improved performance of INSPIRE view services (as shown in the chart below), and extended metadata support.

Quartile comparison for GetMap response times
Quartile comparison for updated GetMap response times

For Users

New Features

  • For transformed data sets, there is now a link to the source data set on the overview page.
  • An uploaded SLD file can now also be downloaded again in the theme configuration.
  • New functions have been added to improve the performance of web map services (see section for system administrators).
  • In the metadata configuration, several “default” values can now be configured for fields with possible multiple occurrences (via a JSON array).
  • It is now possible to use NetCDF files as data sources.

Changes

  • When uploading a shape file as a schema that contains unsupported special characters in the file name, an error message is now displayed instead of just failing.
  • A task has been added that regularly checks whether there are any unnecessary attachments and deletes them.
  • The limit for uploading SLDs has been increased and now also allows very large SLD files (up to 2 MB).

Fixes

  • For dataset series, the button for deactivating / activating services is no longer incorrectly displayed.
  • An error in the sorting of the organization filter for the data records related to the case has been corrected.
  • If records are deleted in a series, no more raster-related resources remain.
  • When INSPIRE metadata is generated, no invalid “spatial scope” is generated if no value has been specified.
  • The support for multi-step transformation chains has been improved.
  • Errors in the calculation of capacity points for data record series have been corrected.

Information for system administrators

Introduction of a Hybrid Rendering Mode for View Services

So far, hale»connect uses what is known as blob mode to store complex GML objects. This means that instead of generating a fully-fledged normalized database schema, the GML is stored as a single big blob. While this works well for WFS and has additional advantages, it limits WMS performance in several critical places.

We have now introduced a new hybrid mode that stores the data as before as a blob in the database, but also uses the SLD to create a relational database structure that is used for rendering in the WMS.

This relational structure only contains the information that is relevant for rendering, i.e. the geometry and any properties referenced in the SLD. In many cases, this enables us to achieve much better rendering performance, as the data for rendering can be fetched more efficiently from the database.

Limitation 1: Hybrid mode is currently not supported for data set series.

Limitation 2: Whether the hybrid mode can be used for a publication depends on the structure of the data and the SLD. Certain constructs may not (yet) be supported. This includes, for example, if information from associated features is required in the SLD (example: visualization of MappedFeature depending on GeologicUnit).

Introduction of automated generalisation in the hybrid mode

In the new hybrid mode, generalized geometries can be generated in order to optimize the rendering in the WMS for different scales. This means that the rendering performance is significantly less affected by detailed geometries, but the complete details are still available via the WFS and on a large scale in the WMS.

Users can only choose to activate or deactivate generalization at this time. If activated, a standard configuration provided by us is applied, which creates four generalization steps for scales around 1: 5,000, 1: 15,000, 1: 150,000 and 1: 1,000,000.

Note that the generalization option is only available if the hybrid mode can be used for a data set.

Limiting the number of features to render per tile

The performance when rendering WMS requests suffers greatly when large sets of objects are to be rendered. In extreme cases, a single request can encompass several million objects to render, e.g. if an entire data record is to be displayed on a small scale at once. Often this results in response times that are beyond any timeouts, and which are also beyond the INSPIRE Quality of Service requirements.

In hale»connect there is now the possibility to limit the maximum number of features rendered for a given tile. This limitation already applies to the database in hybrid mode and for SLDs without filters, even in blob mode. Larger objects are preferred over smaller objects to be more likely to select objects that are also visible or that span several tiles.

For this functionality there are no user-visible fine-tuning options – it can only be turned on or off. When activated for a dataset, no more than 10,000 features are rendered for a single 256x256 tile.

Erroneous Feature Type associations

An error has led to inconsistent feature type assignment in the database. This could lead to problems when inserting data.

This problem has been resolved by reading and using the assignment stored in the database. To do this, however, the data in the database must be corrected so that it uses the correct mapping.

This happens automatically with this version when the WMS/WFS service is started, but the data is no longer compatible with previous versions after the process has been completed.

The logs should contain messages such as “Starting attempt to fix blob mappings in feature store” and “Completed fixing blob mappings in feature store” with additional details at the first start for each feature store / publication.

In order to avoid the possible caching of incorrect tiles by Mapproxy, it is recommended to switch off the bsp-mapproxy service for the duration of the process (e.g. by setting the configuration key override_replicas.bsp-mapproxy to 0 before the deployment).

Interested in learning more about how hale»connect can make INSPIRE easy for you? Click here.

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2020 is ending soon. It was a year of challenges, but also full of innovations. With the INSPIRE deadline passing, it was an exciting time for wetransform, INSPIRE stakeholders and also for other SDI implementers. Here’s the year in retrospect.

The Highlights

The FutureForest Project: In February, we initiated a project that builds on harmonized INSPIRE data to solve a critical issue: The ecological and economic impact of climate change on our forests. Learn more here and see how INSPIRE can save our forests.

The GO-PEG Project: “What can I use INSPIRE data for?” is a question we’ve heard all too often. Through the Go-PEG project, organizations are making their data available for access through INSPIRE and the EDP. wetransform, along with other project partners, are harmonizing data to INSPIRE specification, and also working to make the data more useful, specifically to boost digital transformation and Business Intelligence/Artificial Intelligence projects. Learn more here.

Product Updates

Metadata V2.0: We are pleased to announce that auto-generated hale»connect dataset and network service is now fully compliant with the Technical Guidance for the Implementation of INSPIRE dataset and service metadata based on ISO/TS 19139:2007. Learn more here.

Dataset Series enabled per Organization: The Dataset series section allows you to enable the publishing of dataset series. A data set series is a collection of data sets sharing the same product specification [ISO 19115]. All files in a data set series have the same schema and the same spatial coordinate reference system. A data set series has its own INSPIRE, ISO or national metadata.

Services Graph on Dataset Overview Page: The dataset overview page now includes a service usage section that contains bar graphs which displays usage statistics for WMS and WFS services, with the option to display results for the last year or the last 30 days. The Overall accesses by service type graph displays total service usage. The WMS capabilities requests By User Agent graph displays the percentages of requests made by different user agents, including browsers such as Firefox and Chrome, QGIS, the hale»connect FeatureExplorer and more. The WFS capabilities requests By User Agent displays the same information for WFS services. The Export as CSV button enables users to download usage statistics based on a custom date range. This feature is only available to hale»connect advanced and hale»connect enterprise users.

Dataset Series Service Usage Graph
Overall Accesses by Service Type Graph

CSW Endpoints enabled per organization: A parameter was added to the CSW that enables users to retrieve all resources belonging to an organisation by providing their organisation number. Currently this additional functionality must be requested and enabled by wetransform. New suborganisations may take up to 24h to be included in the endpoint.

Coming Up Next

hale»studio Code Sprint: We are planning to do a virtual code sprint for hale studio 4.1 in from the 11th to the 17th of January, with a focus on UI/UX enhancements such as deleting single resources from a project. The release milestone can be found here.

Webinars and Trainings: The beginning of the year will be packed with informative content, including a webinar on the popular topic of Identifying and Publishing Priority Datasets. You can learn more about the upcoming webinars and trainings here.

And lastly, the wetransform team wishes you a joyous holiday season, and we look forward to more INSPIRE-ing work next year 😉

2020 is ending soon. It was a year of challenges, but also full of innovations. With the INSPIRE deadline passing, it was an exciting time for wetransform, INSPIRE stakeholders and also for other SDI implementers. Here’s the year in retrospect.

The Highlights

The FutureForest Project: In February, we initiated a project that builds on harmonized INSPIRE data to solve a critical issue: The ecological and economic impact of climate change on our forests. Learn more here and see how INSPIRE can save our forests.

The GO-PEG Project: “What can I use INSPIRE data for?” is a question we’ve heard all too often. Through the Go-PEG project, organizations are making their data available for access through INSPIRE and the EDP. wetransform, along with other project partners, are harmonizing data to INSPIRE specification, and also working to make the data more useful, specifically to boost digital transformation and Business Intelligence/Artificial Intelligence projects. Learn more here.

Product Updates

Metadata V2.0: We are pleased to announce that auto-generated hale»connect dataset and network service is now fully compliant with the Technical Guidance for the Implementation of INSPIRE dataset and service metadata based on ISO/TS 19139:2007. Learn more here.

Dataset Series enabled per Organization: The Dataset series section allows you to enable the publishing of dataset series. A data set series is a collection of data sets sharing the same product specification [ISO 19115]. All files in a data set series have the same schema and the same spatial coordinate reference system. A data set series has its own INSPIRE, ISO or national metadata.

Services Graph on Dataset Overview Page: The dataset overview page now includes a service usage section that contains bar graphs which displays usage statistics for WMS and WFS services, with the option to display results for the last year or the last 30 days. The Overall accesses by service type graph displays total service usage. The WMS capabilities requests By User Agent graph displays the percentages of requests made by different user agents, including browsers such as Firefox and Chrome, QGIS, the hale»connect FeatureExplorer and more. The WFS capabilities requests By User Agent displays the same information for WFS services. The Export as CSV button enables users to download usage statistics based on a custom date range. This feature is only available to hale»connect advanced and hale»connect enterprise users.

Dataset Series Service Usage Graph
Overall Accesses by Service Type Graph

CSW Endpoints enabled per organization: A parameter was added to the CSW that enables users to retrieve all resources belonging to an organisation by providing their organisation number. Currently this additional functionality must be requested and enabled by wetransform. New suborganisations may take up to 24h to be included in the endpoint.

Coming Up Next

hale»studio Code Sprint: We are planning to do a virtual code sprint for hale studio 4.1 in from the 11th to the 17th of January, with a focus on UI/UX enhancements such as deleting single resources from a project. The release milestone can be found here.

Webinars and Trainings: The beginning of the year will be packed with informative content, including a webinar on the popular topic of Identifying and Publishing Priority Datasets. You can learn more about the upcoming webinars and trainings here.

And lastly, the wetransform team wishes you a joyous holiday season, and we look forward to more INSPIRE-ing work next year 😉

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From November 2020 until March 2021 we will provide new tutorials on INSPIRE (all in English):

  • 17.11.2020, 1300-1400: Introduction to UML and the INSPIRE Conceptual Model
  • 01.12.2020, 1300-1400: Introduction to XML and INSPIRE GML Application Schemas
  • 15.12.2020, 1300-1400: Avoiding Pitfalls with the INSPIRE Validator
  • 12.01.2021, 1300-1400: Identifying and Publishing Priority Datasets
  • 26.01.2021, 1300-1400: Environmental Monitoring Facilities
  • 09.02.2021, 1300-1400: Coverage Services for Elevation & Land Cover
  • 23.02.2021, 1300-1400: Styled Layer Descriptor & WMS
  • 09.03.2021, 1300-1400: Making INSPIRE data useful across technical and national borders (free access)
  • 23.03.2021, 1300-1400: INSPIRE Tool Comparison: GeoServer, degree, ArcGIS, and hale»connect (free access)

hale»studio pro users can attend all tutorials for free that will take place now and until the end of 2021. For hale»studio pro you can sign-up here. Alternatively, users can also use their valid support subscriptions.

Everyone else can attend one tutorial of their choice and the two tutorials in March for free. To register just send an email at info@wetransform.to along with your name, your organization, and your preferences.

We will also offer trainings on transforming data to INSPIRE:

  • 18.01.2021 - 22.01.2021 Open Training about hale»studio in German
  • 08.02.2021 - 12.02.2021 Open Training about hale»studio in English

The course will be split into 6 web-sessions over 15 hours in total. Participants will pay 800 Euros (net) each and receive a certificate for data harmonization according to INSPIRE. The agenda is planned to cover the following topics:

  • Session 1: Introduction to UML, the INSPIRE Conceptual Model, XML and INSPIRE GML Application Schemas
  • Session 2: Introduction to data harmonization, to INSPIRE data specifications and to basic workflows and transformation projects with hale»studio
  • Session 3: Transforming Data to INSPIRE (Part 1)
  • Session 4: Sharing, collaboration, and validation features
  • Session 5: Transforming Data to INSPIRE (Part 2)
  • Session 6: Metadata and service publishing processes

To learn more about the trainings please send an email at info@wetransform.to along with your name and your organization.

From November 2020 until March 2021 we will provide new tutorials on INSPIRE (all in English):

  • 17.11.2020, 1300-1400: Introduction to UML and the INSPIRE Conceptual Model
  • 01.12.2020, 1300-1400: Introduction to XML and INSPIRE GML Application Schemas
  • 15.12.2020, 1300-1400: Avoiding Pitfalls with the INSPIRE Validator
  • 12.01.2021, 1300-1400: Identifying and Publishing Priority Datasets
  • 26.01.2021, 1300-1400: Environmental Monitoring Facilities
  • 09.02.2021, 1300-1400: Coverage Services for Elevation & Land Cover
  • 23.02.2021, 1300-1400: Styled Layer Descriptor & WMS
  • 09.03.2021, 1300-1400: Making INSPIRE data useful across technical and national borders (free access)
  • 23.03.2021, 1300-1400: INSPIRE Tool Comparison: GeoServer, degree, ArcGIS, and hale»connect (free access)

hale»studio pro users can attend all tutorials for free that will take place now and until the end of 2021. For hale»studio pro you can sign-up here. Alternatively, users can also use their valid support subscriptions.

Everyone else can attend one tutorial of their choice and the two tutorials in March for free. To register just send an email at info@wetransform.to along with your name, your organization, and your preferences.

We will also offer trainings on transforming data to INSPIRE:

  • 18.01.2021 - 22.01.2021 Open Training about hale»studio in German
  • 08.02.2021 - 12.02.2021 Open Training about hale»studio in English

The course will be split into 6 web-sessions over 15 hours in total. Participants will pay 800 Euros (net) each and receive a certificate for data harmonization according to INSPIRE. The agenda is planned to cover the following topics:

  • Session 1: Introduction to UML, the INSPIRE Conceptual Model, XML and INSPIRE GML Application Schemas
  • Session 2: Introduction to data harmonization, to INSPIRE data specifications and to basic workflows and transformation projects with hale»studio
  • Session 3: Transforming Data to INSPIRE (Part 1)
  • Session 4: Sharing, collaboration, and validation features
  • Session 5: Transforming Data to INSPIRE (Part 2)
  • Session 6: Metadata and service publishing processes

To learn more about the trainings please send an email at info@wetransform.to along with your name and your organization.

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Who doesn’t love to get fully valid metadata?

The product team at wetransform has been working towards full compliance with version 2.0 of the Technical Guidance for the implementation of INSPIRE dataset and service metadata based on ISO/TS 19139:2007 over the past several months. A special thanks goes to Eleazar Araujo for his dedicated efforts in implementing the requirements.

We are pleased to announce that auto-generated hale»connect dataset and network service metadata is now fully compliant with that technical guidance.

wetransform helped develop the release planning process for the INSPIRE Reference Validator and as we look towards the last scheduled release of the year to include potentially breaking changes, we’d like to share some of the challenges that have kept us busy.

Adapting for Change

The migration from metadata version 1.3 to 2.0 involves a long list of removed requirements, new requirements, changed requirements and combined or altered requirements. For an exhaustive list of changes, review this document.

Important clarifications on the handling of conditions applying to access and use were introduced in metadata version 2.0, outlined in TG Requirement C.17 and TG Requirement C.18. The hale»connect metadata editor now enables users to make a selection from the INSPIRE Limitations on public access codelist. In the actual metadata, this codelist entry is encoded using gmx:Anchor. Users can now also select a codelist value from the INSPIRE Conditions applying to access and use codelist to set access and use conditions.

New requirements

The INSPIRE validator has added a new conformance class, Conformance Class 2b: INSPIRE data sets and data set series metadata for Monitoring to test INSPIRE monitoring and reporting requirements, including spatial scope and priority dataset keywords, that are not a part of the technical guidance.

The hale»connect metadata editor now enables users to tag metadata with a descriptive keyword from the Spatial scope controlled vocabulary in the INSPIRE Registry. The purpose of the codelist is to enable the monitoring of the distribution of regional and national level datasets supplied by Member States. Visit the [INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Group MIG for more information.

In addition to the Spatial scope keyword, the hale»connect metadata editor also supports tagging datasets with value(s) from to the Priority Dataset controlled vocabulary in the INSPIRE Registry. Priority dataset keywords serve to identify priority datasets provided by Member States and facilitate the discovery of datasets in the Thematic Viewer. For more information about the technical implementation of tagging priority datasets for the INSPIRE Thematic Viewer, visit the INSPIRE helpdesk wiki. Both Spatial scope and Priority dataset codelist values can be added directly to hale»connect metadata using dropdown menus in the dataset metadata editor.

Ever evolving

More changes are coming up, and we will monitor them and adapt our solutions to make sure your datasets, metadata and services remain compliant with the ever-changing demands of INSPIRE requirements.

Compliance is a complex topic which involves not only the technical requirements and the INSPIRE validator, but also tests run by third party solution providers OGC CITE, and new issues that can arise when testing new datasets in new conformance classes which contain elements that trigger the execution of additional tests.

Although all of our generated metadata is error free, hale»connect WMS view services currently receive a schema validation error because we include http://schemas.opengis.net/sld/1.1.0/sld_capabilities.xsd in the schema location of the GetCapabilities document. We do this to offer the GetLegendGraphic request and we are currently discussing the issue in the INSPIRE validator community as we are of the opinion that it should be permitted.

hale»connect WFS download services receive temporal filter validation errors for some datasets that contain temporal elements due to an error in the OGC CITE Team Engine, which has been fixed in the latest release. Once the updated Direct WFS conformance class is rolled out, the INSPIRE validator will use it and the issues will be resolved. hale»connect ATOM feeds continue to receive errors due to known bugs that we are working to solve.

We are testing continuously, and in doing so we hope to provide hale»connect users implementing automated metadata solutions a framework for metadata 2.0 compliancy and beyond.

Other hale connect updates

While compliance has been the number 1 priority, we’ve also added some new features.

Shapefile and attachments publishing

hale»connect now supports publishing shapefiles with referenced attachments. Relative file references added to fields within shapefile attribute tables are recognized as attachments and transferred to the target dataset if there is a transformation configured for the dataset. Attachments can include .PDF, .PNG, .PGW, .GeoTIFF or other file formats. Attachments provide users the option to serve additional, supportive documents in pre-defined download services. Learn more about attachments on hale»connect.

Copy Profiles

Profiles can now be copied on hale»connect. This functionality enables the use of existing profiles as a base for other profiles, which might be more restrictive. When copying a profile that belongs to an organisation other than the current user’s context, both the profile and the underlying schema must have the access permissions set to “Public”.

Who doesn’t love to get fully valid metadata?

The product team at wetransform has been working towards full compliance with version 2.0 of the Technical Guidance for the implementation of INSPIRE dataset and service metadata based on ISO/TS 19139:2007 over the past several months. A special thanks goes to Eleazar Araujo for his dedicated efforts in implementing the requirements.

We are pleased to announce that auto-generated hale»connect dataset and network service metadata is now fully compliant with that technical guidance.

wetransform helped develop the release planning process for the INSPIRE Reference Validator and as we look towards the last scheduled release of the year to include potentially breaking changes, we’d like to share some of the challenges that have kept us busy.

Adapting for Change

The migration from metadata version 1.3 to 2.0 involves a long list of removed requirements, new requirements, changed requirements and combined or altered requirements. For an exhaustive list of changes, review this document.

Important clarifications on the handling of conditions applying to access and use were introduced in metadata version 2.0, outlined in TG Requirement C.17 and TG Requirement C.18. The hale»connect metadata editor now enables users to make a selection from the INSPIRE Limitations on public access codelist. In the actual metadata, this codelist entry is encoded using gmx:Anchor. Users can now also select a codelist value from the INSPIRE Conditions applying to access and use codelist to set access and use conditions.

New requirements

The INSPIRE validator has added a new conformance class, Conformance Class 2b: INSPIRE data sets and data set series metadata for Monitoring to test INSPIRE monitoring and reporting requirements, including spatial scope and priority dataset keywords, that are not a part of the technical guidance.

The hale»connect metadata editor now enables users to tag metadata with a descriptive keyword from the Spatial scope controlled vocabulary in the INSPIRE Registry. The purpose of the codelist is to enable the monitoring of the distribution of regional and national level datasets supplied by Member States. Visit the [INSPIRE Maintenance and Implementation Group MIG for more information.

In addition to the Spatial scope keyword, the hale»connect metadata editor also supports tagging datasets with value(s) from to the Priority Dataset controlled vocabulary in the INSPIRE Registry. Priority dataset keywords serve to identify priority datasets provided by Member States and facilitate the discovery of datasets in the Thematic Viewer. For more information about the technical implementation of tagging priority datasets for the INSPIRE Thematic Viewer, visit the INSPIRE helpdesk wiki. Both Spatial scope and Priority dataset codelist values can be added directly to hale»connect metadata using dropdown menus in the dataset metadata editor.

Ever evolving

More changes are coming up, and we will monitor them and adapt our solutions to make sure your datasets, metadata and services remain compliant with the ever-changing demands of INSPIRE requirements.

Compliance is a complex topic which involves not only the technical requirements and the INSPIRE validator, but also tests run by third party solution providers OGC CITE, and new issues that can arise when testing new datasets in new conformance classes which contain elements that trigger the execution of additional tests.

Although all of our generated metadata is error free, hale»connect WMS view services currently receive a schema validation error because we include http://schemas.opengis.net/sld/1.1.0/sld_capabilities.xsd in the schema location of the GetCapabilities document. We do this to offer the GetLegendGraphic request and we are currently discussing the issue in the INSPIRE validator community as we are of the opinion that it should be permitted.

hale»connect WFS download services receive temporal filter validation errors for some datasets that contain temporal elements due to an error in the OGC CITE Team Engine, which has been fixed in the latest release. Once the updated Direct WFS conformance class is rolled out, the INSPIRE validator will use it and the issues will be resolved. hale»connect ATOM feeds continue to receive errors due to known bugs that we are working to solve.

We are testing continuously, and in doing so we hope to provide hale»connect users implementing automated metadata solutions a framework for metadata 2.0 compliancy and beyond.

Other hale connect updates

While compliance has been the number 1 priority, we’ve also added some new features.

Shapefile and attachments publishing

hale»connect now supports publishing shapefiles with referenced attachments. Relative file references added to fields within shapefile attribute tables are recognized as attachments and transferred to the target dataset if there is a transformation configured for the dataset. Attachments can include .PDF, .PNG, .PGW, .GeoTIFF or other file formats. Attachments provide users the option to serve additional, supportive documents in pre-defined download services. Learn more about attachments on hale»connect.

Copy Profiles

Profiles can now be copied on hale»connect. This functionality enables the use of existing profiles as a base for other profiles, which might be more restrictive. When copying a profile that belongs to an organisation other than the current user’s context, both the profile and the underlying schema must have the access permissions set to “Public”.

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From July until September 2020 we plan to offer a variety of new and free webinars on INSPIRE, data transformation, hale studio & hale connect. Three webinars will be in German – one of them of on XPlanung. Of course, the new release of hale»studio 4.0 will also play an important role:

  • 02.07.2020, 15:30 - 17:00 hale»studio Community Milestone Planning Meeting (English)
  • 09.07.2020, 15:00 - 15:45 AGIT 2020: Geodatenharmonisierung mit hale»studio (German) (AGIT requires participation fee)
  • 15.07.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»connect: An introduction to managing INSPIRE data (English)
  • 23.07.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»connect: Building an INSPIRE platform for municipalities (English)
  • 19.08.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»connect: Installing hale»connect on premise (English)
  • 26.08.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»studio 4: New functions (English)
  • 03.09.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»connect: Metadata configurations (English)
  • 09.09.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»studio: Neue Funktionen für XPlanung (German)
  • 16.09.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»connect: Automated transformation workflows (English)
  • 23.09.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»studio: Einführung in die Datentransformation nach INSPIRE (German)

If you want to learn more about it or register for any of the webinars, you just need to send an email at info@wetransform.to along with your name and your organization. All dates and webinar topics are planned and still subject to change or cancellation. In this case registrants will be informed automatically.

From July until September 2020 we plan to offer a variety of new and free webinars on INSPIRE, data transformation, hale studio & hale connect. Three webinars will be in German – one of them of on XPlanung. Of course, the new release of hale»studio 4.0 will also play an important role:

  • 02.07.2020, 15:30 - 17:00 hale»studio Community Milestone Planning Meeting (English)
  • 09.07.2020, 15:00 - 15:45 AGIT 2020: Geodatenharmonisierung mit hale»studio (German) (AGIT requires participation fee)
  • 15.07.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»connect: An introduction to managing INSPIRE data (English)
  • 23.07.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»connect: Building an INSPIRE platform for municipalities (English)
  • 19.08.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»connect: Installing hale»connect on premise (English)
  • 26.08.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»studio 4: New functions (English)
  • 03.09.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»connect: Metadata configurations (English)
  • 09.09.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»studio: Neue Funktionen für XPlanung (German)
  • 16.09.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»connect: Automated transformation workflows (English)
  • 23.09.2020, 13:00 - 14:00 hale»studio: Einführung in die Datentransformation nach INSPIRE (German)

If you want to learn more about it or register for any of the webinars, you just need to send an email at info@wetransform.to along with your name and your organization. All dates and webinar topics are planned and still subject to change or cancellation. In this case registrants will be informed automatically.

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