Vancouver, BC, January 8, 2008 – Safe Software announced today that its recent donation of FME, the world’s only true spatial ETL (extract, transform and load) platform, will assist the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre with critical conservation decision-making around the globe. The grant, which consists of both FME software licenses and training credits, will replace costly, labor-intensive processes by enabling the World Conservation Monitoring Centre to streamline data loading into a World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA). Information provided by the WDPA is an essential guide to global conservation policy development, and conservation priority assessment, planning and monitoring.
Safe Software’s donation of FME technology will provide efficient, multi-format spatial data upload capability for a new implementation of the on-line WDPA. FME will be used to streamline the uploading of data to the WDPA and thereby allow much faster data upload rates than was possible with the old configuration. In the past, updating the WDPA with data provided by a global network of conservation organizations and other agencies was a costly and labor-intensive process for the UNEP-WCMC; data of variable quality provided in multiple formats was manually validated and translated prior to integration into the WDPA. FME’s data translation and transformation capabilities will greatly simplify the update process by allowing each contributing organization to upload their new data to the WDPA in over 200 FME-supported data formats.