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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. One important thing to specify when exchanging coordinates is axis order: Is it X […]

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.

DATA
Author:
Michael Weisman
About Data    |    March 23, 2009    |    By Michael Weisman

Choosing the Right Data Format

As Dale pointed out, with every new version of FME, we add support for new formats. Take some time to read Dale’s post, it’s a very good read. As Dale concludes, like it or not, the shapefile is here to stay, and new formats will, inevitably, continue to be invented. So with all these formats […]

DATA
Author:
Dale Lutz
About Data    |    March 13, 2009    |    By Dale Lutz

The Quest for the Ultimate Format

“All of this has happened before and all of it will happen again.” The new Battlestar Galactica series has quite a following at Safe, and we’re all anxiously awaiting the final two episodes.  But as we reflect on how the show’s recurring prophesy that “all of this has happened before and all of it will […]

DATA
Author:
Paul Nalos
   |    March 9, 2009    |    By Paul Nalos

Orientation and Geodetic Data – Part 2

In my post last Wednesday on Orientation and Geodetic Data, I motivated the need to correctly orient polygons when loading geodetic data into Microsoft SQL Server. Today, I’ll continue by describing a simple approach to addressing this problem and look at some of its consequences. I’d like to discuss an interesting pitfall of using the […]