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Monitoring interruption on Apr 23rd 2015

Our monitoring network experienced a service interruption on Apr 23rd 2015 from 9:20 to 10:40 UTC. No monitoring data was collected during this time. During this interruption Spatineo Monitor and Spatineo Performance were accessible and usable, but users were unable to configure services or meters and it was not possible to add new services for… Read more »

Identifying requests from Spatineo

Spatineo monitors a large amount of web services, and most of these services are publicly available over the internet. Monitoring works in a completely automated fashion in typical cases. In some cases though, our customers are interested in identifying which requests originate from our monitoring. For example some services may require authorization using HTTP authentication,… Read more »

Opening the INSPIRE conformance testing

Our CTO Ilkka Rinne was selected as the facilitator of the workshop on INSPIRE validation and conformity held in Ispra, Italy in early December 2014. In this post he describes some of the issues they were (and still are) working with, how he sees the future of the INSPIRE conformance testing based on Open Source… Read more »

INSPIRE Workshop: Practical Quality Assurance of Spatial Web Services

We’re doing a lot in in this year’s INSPIRE conference in Aalborg, Denmark. Our R&D Director Sampo Savolainen is talking about “Performance Testing of INSPIRE and OGC Services” in “Quality and Testing” parallel session at 9:15 on Thursday in “Room: 5 Radiosalen” and our Service Director Jaana Mäkelä about “Open Data and INSPIRE Web Services… Read more »

Kickstart for automating the INSPIRE Monitoring

What we typically mean by monitoring at Spatineo is quite different from the INSPIRE monitoring. Our monitoring is continuous technical surveillance of the spatial web services to evaluate their availability and responsiveness. In the INSPIRE sense monitoring usually means the yearly process of collecting and reporting a set of numerical indicators for following the progress… Read more »

The new Spatineo YouTube channel

This is just a quick notice that we’ve launched a new Spatineo channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/spatineoinc) on YouTube. The channel mainly features videos about our products Spatineo Monitor, Spatineo Directory and the upcoming Spatineo Performance, but also some selected highlights of Spatineo related events. We previously had a YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/spatineo, which is no no longer… Read more »

Robots exclusion and Spatineo

Robots.txt refers to the file name specified in the unofficial robots exclusion “standard”. This is used to inform automatic web crawlers which parts of a server should not crawled. You can also specify different rules for different crawlers. This standard is not a technical barrier for crawlers but a gentlemen’s agreement that automated processes should,… Read more »

Spatial web services & data journalism, the Talvivaara case

We had an interesting real-world case of using open environmental data for journalism a couple of weeks ago in Finland. In the early hours of Saturday the 10th of November Yle, the Finnish public broadcasting company, published a background news item at their site related to the continued pollution leakage at Talvivaara mining site in… Read more »

OGC to switch to WC3 XLink in July 2012

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) will make a backwards incompatible change to it’s XML Schema files of a large part of it’s standards in July 21st 2012. This change is done as a global corrigendum to move into using the W3C XLink version 1.1 instead of the OGC-specific XLink XML Schema implementation. See my previous post… Read more »

What is an O&M Observation and why should you care?

Observations & Measurements (O&M) is an international standard for modeling observation events and describing their relations to the target spatial objects under observation, the measured properties & measurement procedure, and the captured data resulting from those observation events. It’s based on Geography Markup Language (GML), another standard by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) enabling a… Read more »