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DATA
Author:
Michael Weisman
About Data    |    May 6, 2009    |    By Michael Weisman

A Tale of Two Formats

In the buzz about what will replace the shapefile, many people are talking about a portable database being a good option. SQLite is a very flexible portable database with quite a few fans here at Safe. The format is free, light-weight, and powerful enough to be used in some very high-profile applications, such as the […]

FME
Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME    |    May 5, 2009    |    By Mark Ireland

FME Evangelist: The Dynamic Duo

Contents:
Generating Dynamic Workspaces,
Dynamic Destination Schemas.

This FME Evangelist is a quick posting about Dynamic Workspaces which is the incredible new technology for FME2010.

DATA
Author:
Paul Nalos
About Data    |    April 29, 2009    |    By Paul Nalos

Challenges in Spatial Database Interoperability

The right spatial data, in the right context, can be tremendously valuable to decision makers. A common challenge in getting value from data is that it’s stored all over the place – in different applications, databases, and formats, and with different data models and coordinate systems. Here, I’ll summarize a few common challenges moving data […]

DATA
Author:
Dale Lutz
About Data    |    April 24, 2009    |    By Dale Lutz

Convergence is Everywhere!

This week’s GITA conference in Tampa confirmed to me that the blurring of lines between traditional GIS and other disciplines is accelerating. The focus on the “SmartGrid” and the impact that is going to have on the business and mapping systems was pervasive. These systems are going to have to find ways of getting along, […]

DATA
Author:
Don Murray
About Data    |    April 15, 2009    |    By Don Murray

The Importance of Collaboration

I have just returned to the office after a couple weeks of traveling both in the UK and across Canada. I had the pleasure of meeting with over 300 of our users, and alongside Dale, sharing information on our current product offerings and the future plans we have for our technology. One of the recurring […]

DATA
Author:
Michael Weisman
About Data    |    April 8, 2009    |    By Michael Weisman

Incorporating FME into an Open Source workflow

The GIS world has a great selection of open source tools available to organizations at no cost, ranging from powerful databases to data visualization tools. FME is fully capable of plugging into these tools to enable spatial ETL and data translations in an open source environment, just as well as it does in a proprietary […]

DATA
Author:
Don Murray
About Data    |    April 2, 2009    |    By Don Murray

FME Shines Thru the Clouds

Last year we released FME Server, which takes spatial data interoperability to the next level by enabling organizations to transform huge quantities of data. Whether it is to move large amounts of data between or into a database or to make “tile” data available to support web applications, FME Server is the solution of choice […]

FME
Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME    |    March 31, 2009    |    By Mark Ireland

FME Evangelist: What's In a Name?

Contents:
Terminology Review,
Group-Based Transformation,
Product Localization.

This FME Evangelist is about standardization of FME terminology, and what the term “Group-Based Transformation” really means. Quite a bit as it turns out.

DATA
Author:
Paul Nalos
About Data    |    March 30, 2009    |    By Paul Nalos

Axis Order in Spatial Data

Spatial data becomes far more valuable when it is not tied to specific applications, formats, or databases. At Safe, our focus is on breaking down exactly these barriers to give you access to your data where and how you need it. Getting axis order right seems like a simple problem One important thing to specify […]

FME
Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME    |    March 23, 2009    |    By Mark Ireland

FME Evangelist: Now Playing in 3D

Contents:
3D terminology: A question!
Sketchup Reading: Now Supported in FME2010 beta,
V1 Magazine: White Paper on 3D Data models,
3DBoundingBoxReplacer: Custom Transformer for 3D Bounding Cubes.

This FME Evangelist reverts to a truer blog-style; a short post on a single subject. This time out I’m talking about all things 3D: terminology, formats, theory, and practice.