November 12, 2007
FME 2007 Focuses on European Community
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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GW: You released FME 2007 earlier in the summer and have made the announcement in the fall - why a gap between making the announcement and promoting the product?

DM: We timed this announcement in conjunction with a few regional user conferences in Europe that we were going to be attending. In addition to that, the development cycle for FME 2007 is ongoing and very agile. Although we put out a major release of FME 2007, we do post updated builds after the first release. There are a couple of things mentioned in the press release, like the G-trans support that were added to FME after we launched. So this press release is meant to highlight the collection of important capabilities available to the European geospatial community.

GW: What's new in FME 2007?

DM: The big story is the fact that FME can now work with raster and vector. In the past we've only worked with vector. To highlight how that ties into what we're doing for Europe, we have also added support for Sweden's G-trans technology in the form of the GtransReprojector transformer. FME is one of the few tools that can do raster reprojection using these different coordinate systems, so people can take their imagery and vector data and apply government approved methods to bring it into the modern reference frame.

GW: How about using FME with satellite imagery?

DL: Yes, the
raster support announced in FME 2007 encapsulates support for a number of different types of satellite imagery, so there would be DEMs as one type, satellite imagery another, a number of new formats are satellite formats as well as aerial photography formats so we do GeoTiff, JPEG 2000, and some of the big Landsat imagery. I would also add these hyperspectral satellite formats which have many, many bands or themes that are different wavelength measures, so they're well outside of the red, green and blue. We've been involved in an agency assembling a global dataset dealing with loading this type of
very diverse raster data into both ArcSDE and Oracle GeoRaster for future analysis. These types of things are global in scope but operate out of individual countries.

As far as databases go with raster, we recognized very early that one of the key uses of FME is to load data into databases, so right now we use both Oracle GeoRaster and ESRI ArcSDE or Geodatabase raster. Some large organizations want to put their raster data in databases so they can cut it up and serve it out in real time.

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TerraGo Technologies and GeoEye, Inc. have partnered to make detailed imagery in GeoPDF files available to emergency workers and relief organizations battling wildfires and serving those affected by their aftermath in southern California.

Tune in to a free online seminar this month to learn techniques for authoring maps that will help optimize the performance of both dynamic and cached Web mapping services.

Authoring and Publishing Optimized Map Services will air on ESRI's Training and Education Web site at on November 15 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. (Pacific standard time).

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