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HALE Anwendertreffen 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-Anwendertreffen 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-Anwendertreffen 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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