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Author:
Paul Nalos
   |    March 4, 2009    |    By Paul Nalos

Orientation and Geodetic Data – Part 1

I recently read an interesting article by Simon Greener on some of the challenges of accessing Oracle Spatial data created by ESRI’s ArcSDE. He highlights two classes of polygons that are valid in ArcSDE and not in Oracle Spatial, and how you might work with them. This inspired me to discuss another situation where there […]

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Author:
Don Murray
   |    February 25, 2009    |    By Don Murray

The Small Things

One of the things that we constantly focus on at Safe Software are “the small things that matter.” Too often companies forget about the small improvements that affect all of their users and instead focus on the next big thing.  Look at any industry and you will find the companies that lead are those who […]

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Author:
Dale Lutz
   |    February 18, 2009    |    By Dale Lutz

Everything’s Coming Up 3D

Now that Valentine’s Day is behind us, rather than “everything coming up roses,” it seems to me that everything is coming up 3D.  At least everywhere I turn. Hot on the heels of a very informative URISA BC seminar titled “The New Dimension in GIS – 3D Analysis” (find a good summary of the day […]

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Author:
Mark Ireland
   |    February 17, 2009    |    By Mark Ireland

FME Evangelist #27 – The "X" Files

Contents:
XQuery: Reading XML Contents,
XQuery: Handling a Metadata Repository,
Fun Stuff: FME2009 Wallpapers,
Your Spy at Safe: New Tester Sneak Preview,
FME Blog: New and Updated!

This fine week the FME Evangelist highlights some FME2009 XML functionality that anyone might want to use. Plus we explore reading and writing to a CSW metadata repository and take a sneak peak into development of a new Tester transformer.

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Author:
Michael Weisman
   |    February 11, 2009    |    By Michael Weisman

Open and Accessible Data

The geo-blogosphere has been abuzz in the last week or so about the release of a new RESTful service for spatial data distribution from the city of Nanaimo, BC. It’s an impressive service which gives users a huge amount of power over easily obtaining data from the city. Aside from being able to easily locate […]

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Author:
Mark Ireland
   |    February 11, 2009    |    By Mark Ireland

FME Evangelist#26: Dude, Where's My Parcel?

Contents:
New Format: GPX Writing,
New for FME2009: Raster Clipping,
Tip of the Day: Redirects,
Mashup Example: Parcel Tracking,
FME Worldwide User Conference 2009.

This FME Evangelist post continues to highlight the new features of FME2009. Included this time are the GPX format writer, true raster clipping, a tip on customizing the toolbar to handle redirects, and an example of creating a mashup by scraping data from a web site. Oh and info on the upcoming 2009 FME International User Conference.

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Author:
Paul Nalos
   |    February 4, 2009    |    By Paul Nalos

Leveraging Spatial Queries in ETL

One of the benefits of storing spatial data in database systems is the ability to efficiently query data by location. For example, “where are all the fire hydrants within a certain distance of a given point?” Typically, a variety of spatial interactions are supported, meaning that you can find all the geometries that interact with […]

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Author:
Mark Ireland
   |    January 19, 2009    |    By Mark Ireland

FME Evangelist#25: Happy Birthday FME2009

Contents:
Source Feature Type Editing,
TopologyBuilder: Assume Clean Data option,
FME Server: Batch Processing,
FME Server: Email Notifications,
New Format: Adobe Geospatial PDF.

This edition of the FME Evangelist celebrates the release of FME2009 by describing how and why to edit source schemas, demonstrating a neat new option for the TopologyBuilder, and discussing the role of FME Server in batch processing. Oh, we also have details of the new Adobe Geospatial PDF (2D) writer.