Posts By: Ilkka Rinne

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 »

New version of Spatineo Monitor released

Spatineo Monitor release notes Version “George IV” 28th May 2013 New features Maintenance breaks & community notifications: It’s now possible for data providers to publicly announce upcoming maintenance breaks and publish other notifications to the user communities of their services. A completely new view “Notification publisher” is found under the main tab “Overview & reports”…. 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 »

OGC W3C XLink transition: A potential validity breaker

XLink is a widely used W3C standard for creating links between XML documents or fragments inside those documents, similar to HTML a tag. The problem is that for historical reasons there several slightly different XML Schema grammar definitions for the same XLink namespace “http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink” published by different standardization authorities, like World Wide Web Consortium (W3C),… Read more »

Meteorological data and INSPIRE directive, working on a better data specification

Working (and blogging) at Cafe Piritta today for a change. Very good lunch, a bit pricey though. I’m about to leave for Vienna today to meet with the INSPIRE Thematic Working Group for atmospheric and meteorological data ( Atmospheric Conditions & Meteorological Geographical Features themes, TWG AC-MF in the INSPIRE jargon). I’m privileged to be… Read more »

Spatineo Serval GUI demo on 22nd November

If you happen to be in Helsinki on 22nd November and do understand Finnish, you should consider participating the second INSPIRE training day of this autumn arranged by the Finnish Inspire Secretary at Pasilan Virastokeskus. The top Finnish experts on INSPIRE Directive will be giving their best to outline the practical issues involved in implementing… Read more »

The best way to make productive mistakes

We are making a demo of our forth-coming Spatineo Serval monitoring, validating and performance testing tool at the INSPIRE training day arranged by the Finnish INSPIRE secretary on 22nd November 2011. What makes this product demo a bit out of the ordinary, is that the software does not exist yet. We’ll be doing a user… Read more »