How FME Helps Education and Non-Profits

Research facilities harbour the minds of scientists and students that work to make life-changing discoveries. FME helps both campus planners and all those working to help the community by allowing them to transform their data to be more organized and meaningful.

Create Citizen Science Projects

Collaboration between members of the public and scientists is a great way to collect large amounts of data about specific topics. Distribute custom maps of your survey area to volunteers so they can collect the data you need. Process this information by converting it into the format you need and integrate it into your analysis applications.

Use and Distribute Open Data

Creating open data portals to share raw data, reports, and other files will help to maintain transparency with those interested in your endeavours and inspire others. With workflows that can run automatically, you can have reports created and data organized while you’re out in the field learning more about your cause.

Plan Your Campus

University and other education campuses are made up of buildings, transportation networks, and outdoor spaces, all of which are interconnected. Integrate BIM, CAD, GIS, and even indoor mapping data to gain a broad understanding of your campus and help to increase the student experience!

Bring Systems Together

Open source software programs are great because they are one, free, and two, have various capabilities. Convert your collected data from proprietary formats into formats compatible with programs like Mapnik, PostGIS, Google Earth, or Blender to create impressive presentations all while saving time and money.

Customer Stories

Saint Leo University

In an effort to learn more about and protect mangroves in Florida, the MangroveWatch project was created. Volunteers take images and videos along the shoreline, submit them for evaluation, FME Desktop breaks down the submitted videos into still frames and match them to locations along shorelines, and scientists analyze the resulting data. Citizen science projects like the MangroveWatch can help transform the environment and ecological systems for the better. FME Desktop helped to increase the quality and quantity of data needed for analysis.

| Saint Leo University uses an FME Education Grant License.

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The Community Mapping Network

To help communities in the province of British Columbia better understand their surrounding natural resources, The Community Mapping Network integrates data from various sources and makes it available via their online mapping system. With FME Desktop at their side, The Community Mapping Network can automatically validate and correct errors within their projects in a much more timely manner. This means locals can access and make use of natural resource data in just a fraction of the time that it would normally take for data to be retrieved independently.

| The Community Mapping Network uses an FME Research/Non-Profit Grant License.

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Denver Public Schools

To understand links between student learning and their school environments, the Denver County School District No. 1 decided to link their enterprise data with geospatial data. FME Desktop was the perfect tool for this ETL task. On top of providing the school district with insight on how to improve the student learning experience, the district is now able to easily select schools for students based on how far they’re able to travel to school, or based on facility requirements that they need to accommodate a disability.

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The Garden Dynamics Project

While FME has typically been used for macroscale geospatial projects, The Garden Dynamics Project has been able to use FME successfully on a microscale. Any gardener knows that there are various conditions to make sense of before planting. Soil conditions, drainage, and sunlight are all important variables that contribute to how well your garden thrives. FME Desktop was used to integrate data on these variables alongside with plant species information from various databases to create detailed garden plans in various locations.

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What People are Saying About FME

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    "Using FME to create a visualization of patients’ vision has been helpful in not only allowing us to see changes over time, but also in explaining to patients what the test results are."

    Jasleen Kaur Jolly, MSc MCOptom, Oxford Eye Hospital
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    "We had a really tight time constraint. We didn’t have time to go through training and read all the documentation. That the REST API was so well built with FME Server really helped us because it was so sane. "

    Jokob Lagerstedt, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
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    "I’m often asked why I love FME. There’s three things. The great support, it’s cost effective, and the solution worked."

    Brad Mason, The Community Mapping Network
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    "We were able to create an FME workspace that did exactly what I needed, in less time than Python."

    Aaron Cheuvront, CAD/GIS Program Manager at the University of Washington

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