SLIPStream July 2017
In this issue:
SLIP user survey
Following on from last month, instead of an FAQ, you are invited to participate in a short, three question survey about the GIS software you use.
Your feedback is vital to help us improve and better meet your needs.
The survey is open until COB on 31 July 2017.
For GIS users, developers and ICT professionals: Landgate has begun to preview the new SLIP services that will eventually replace the original SLIP Enabler (Classic) services.
The new services release started with Imagery Services last month.
We will share updates as these new services go live via SLIPStream and the @Landgate Twitter account.
If you are a SLIP maps customer, or an occasional user of SLIP web services, it’s business as usual. Users of SLIP web services, like the examples above will notice URL links will change over the coming weeks.
All SLIP users are encouraged to transition from the current SLIP Classic (Enabler) platform to the newly implemented Esri-based SLIP platform prior to SLIP Classic being turned off in late 2017.
To allow time to transition to these new services, Landgate will provide at least three months’ notice before decommissioning the SLIP Classic services.
If you require assistance or would like further information, please contact email@example.com or phone +61 (0)8 9273 7683.
A new home for SLIP
Western Australia’s open data service at data.wa.gov.au is the new home for your geospatial data needs.
For help on using SLIP and supplying data, the DataWA toolkit has been redeveloped as one place to find all the help documentation, guides, tips, tricks, and FAQs for using data.
Please note that at this stage, SLIP Enabler (Classic) data service URLs (service endpoints beginning with https://www2.landgate.wa.gov.au/ows/) have not changed.
If you have any questions about this change, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +61 (0)8 9273 7683.
SLIP Future program plans for 2017
As part of the changes to SLIP services, Landgate is continuing to implement upgrades to the new SLIP platform to improve its usability and functionality through the SLIP Future program.
Landgate will be providing information to assist you to pick up new services over the coming months.
To assist you in planning the move to new services, here is a summary of what to expect for the rest of 2017:
Please note that these timeframes are estimates. We will share further details with you as they become available via SLIPStream and the @Landgate Twitter account. We will also provide advice and assistance on how to use the new services through SLIPStream and data.wa.gov.au as they are rolled-out.
If you would like further information, please contact email@example.com or phone +61 (0)8 9273 7683.
Coming soon: new SLIP public services
The SLIP Services team is pleased to inform you that new SLIP public services will be available soon. These will replace existing services including SLIP Classic (Enabler) services.
Landgate understands you will need time to transition to using these new services and we will provide at least three months’ notice before decommissioning SLIP Classic services. Please see the SLIP migration overview and information sheet about migration to the new SLIP platform.
The new public services to be released shortly are:
- Buildings and Structures
- Geology and Soils Map
- Imagery and Maps
- Industry and Mining
- Infrastructure and Utilities
- People and Society
- Places and Addresses
- Plants and Animals
- Property and Planning
- Soil Landscape
- Soil Risk Map
Please note that local government authority boundaries, townsites, localities, districts and wards layers have moved from the subscription administrative boundaries service to the new public boundaries service.
The cadastre address and cadastre (no attributes) layers have also moved from the subscription cadastral service to the new public property and planning service.
If you have any queries regarding these new services, please contact Landgate Customer Service via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signing up to SLIP services
Remember, there is no need to register to access our range of free and public SLIP services.
New SLIP public services which will replace existing services will be available soon via one streamlined public package. The map will bundle the relevant services in one convenient place so you can spend less time discovering more. In the meantime, you can still access public services from the following links:
- Cultural and Society https://maps.slip.wa.gov.au/landgate/cultureandsoc/
- Environment https://maps.slip.wa.gov.au/landgate/environment/
- Infrastructure and Utilities https://maps.slip.wa.gov.au/landgate/infraandutil/
- Property and Planning https://maps.slip.wa.gov.au/landgate/propandplan/
- Resources https://maps.slip.wa.gov.au/landgate/resources/
An even wider range of information is packaged for you through our subscription services at https://www0.landgate.wa.gov.au/business-and-government/SLIP/subscription-services.
To register for these services, and for a clearer picture of the opportunities SLIP presents for your business, please contact email@example.com or phone +61 (0)8 9273 7683.
For those of you who want even more, here are some upcoming GIS and spatial data events that may interest you:
- Rise of the Bots, Perth, 2 August 2017
- OZRI 2017 Australian Esri User Conference:
- World of Drones Congress, Brisbane, 31 August – 2 September 2017
- Geospatial World Forum, Hyderabad India, 16-19 January 2018
- Locate18-GeoSmart Asia 2018, Adelaide, 8-11 April 2018
- 7th Digital Earth Summit, El Jadida Morocco, 17-19 April 2018
If you have any questions about these events or have an event that you would like to promote, please email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data update and new data highlights
A big thank you to the following agencies for making new datasets available through data.wa.gov.au during July.
Main Roads WA
Department of Parks and Wildlife
Department of Education
State Records Office
Using FME to download data from SLIP
The Open Data team has been busy working on a solution to for FME users who would like to download geospatial data from SLIP.
An article has been published on the new DataWA toolkit, titled How To: Download Geospatial Data using FME. At this stage, it is recommended to avoid using WFS entirely and instead use the ArcGIS REST API due to a couple of Esri bugs and technical issues (these are outlined in the article).
The article includes a workbench with some examples of reading data from SLIP through the ArcGIS REST API and using spatial and attribute filters to filter what you’re downloading, as well as a longer introduction that discusses using FME with SLIP.
If this approach goes on to prove itself stable as FME-equipped agencies use it this will also greatly simplify their use of FME versus how they were using it in SLIP Classic (where they were forced to make many requests for small bounding boxes versus just a single set of requests). This doesn’t remove the need to resolve the outstanding WFS bugs with Esri, but it does give some more breathing room.
If you have any queries regarding the article, get in touch at email@example.com.
In addition to the new FME article, there’s a few more you might be interested in:
- All Software: Requests Timing Out
- All Software: WFS 2.0 Timeouts & Slow Response Times
- QGIS: WFS Timeout Issues
If you have any queries regarding the articles outlined above, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.