Geoff Zeiss

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May 29, 2006


Chris Tweedie

Geoff, i had to highlight my disagreement of using FME "on the server and client" simply because OWS are not universally supported. This should mean getting vendors to *improve* support and not shift the goalposts IMO.

I agree that many expect dissemination formats other than WFS/GML for example, but i must point out that many servers offer alternative formats to GML such as shape-zip for Geoserver and utilities such as OGR can be called where required to transform, convert and reproject the outputs on the fly. (eg. WFS/GML to SHP/TAB)

FME is a great program, but it is definately a huge overhead in terms of $$$ for a SDI and is certainly not the only way to support different formats.

my 2c

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