FME 2017, news from Open Data and

FME 2017.0 has been released on March 1st. News from Open Data and

New in FME 2017

Hint: We suggest to install FME 2017 parallel to your existing installation (.e. in a "FME2017" directory) and to switch to it completely when you are sure that all your WBs work as expected.

FME has been released on March 1st. Here the highlights:

Time saving:

  • Add Formats using a quick add functionality: just type a keyword such as shape inside WB and go!
  • Edit Transformer- and Feature-Parameter in a dockable pane: For me this is the best new thingie in FME. Just click on the transformer and edit the parameters...


  • Options for curvy (very sexy) and square connection lines between transformers


  • One click ZIP-output definition
  • Open containing folder function for feature readers and writers
  • Breakpoints with visual inspection
  • Options for the way to handle rejected features
  • Copy/paste of parameters
  • More web-services supported
  • FME Data Inspector: improved table handling (choose, sort columns to show)
  • New formats and transformers (details see links below). Highlights are: OpenStreetMap PBF-Format supported

Links to FME 2017:

News from Open Data...

The very Good News from Open Data are coming from outside Switzerland:

  • A WOW in Germany! The first province releases all its data for free: Nordrhein-Westfalen on its portal This is a big step, knowing how heavily the Germans are sitting on their data. This is not only good news, NRW did a very good job. Great stuff.

Italy wakes up too, though the portals are a bit odd to use:

  • Lombardia: new Geoportal with a good offer for a start
  • Toscana: as well with a new Geoportal offering open data

Best in Europe seems Austria. As far as we see, all provinces offer open data!

... and in Switzerland?

  • Canton of Schaffhausen offern now complete datasets for download (whole canton). In additon several WMS and WMTS services. Great!
  • Canton of Zurich has released orthoimagery of 2016 as WMS. Fast, high res, very good looking. Good job!
  • Canton of Berne offers more and more free data, good news!
  • Canton of Geneva, update: We did not find any OGC Web Services, only ESRI proprietary services. WMS and WFS are mentioned in several places, but we did not find any.
  • An overview of all cantons here (German)
  • Swiss Rail has a new open data portal and has released some APIs.
  • Noticed: swisstopo still sells free data at astronomic pricing. For example: swissAlti3D Canton of the Grisons is available for free at GeoGR (whole dataset CHF 300 expenses). swisstopo charges CHF 19'430.25 (!) for the exact same data: Ok, we admit, there is one small difference: the swisstopo license forbids internet usage... Same situation with other cantons offering swissALTI3D or better DEMs for free (Aargau, Berne, Geneva, Solothurn, Schwyz, Zurich etc.)... Same situation with aerial images, the cantons offers are more up-to-date, have higher resolution and are free... and you are even allowed to use the data!

New or updated on

Our hobby keeps us busy, updates:

  • OSM++: High resolution reliefs of Lombardia and Toscana added (see above, Open Data). Our European DEM dataset has now a size of 1TB!
  • OSM++: Buildings Lombardia added (where available)
  • OSM++: Vintage 12/2016
  • Schools: Switzerland updated, Lombardia and Vorarlberg added
  • Retail and Mobility updated
  • Public Transport Stops updated (12/2016, source FOT), some SBB-data added (such as bike rental availability)
  • Rail network (source FOT)
  • New map of travel time to centers using public/private transport, a bit experimental but speaking (source: ARE)
  • Land use statistics 2004/09 (source: FOS)
  • Municipal and ZIP boundaries updated (vintage 01/2017, source swisstopo)
  • Aerial imagery ZH 2016