INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Snowflake

Description
Organisation: 
Snowflake Software
Acronym: 
Snowflake
Details
Mission and Objectives: 
Snowflake's mission is to enable the easy use and sharing of geospatial information. Founded in 2001, Snowflake has been instrumental in the GIS industry by helping drive the adoption of open standards. Acknowledged as experts in the field of GML/XML, Snowflake’s business components include Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Products, Consultancy and Training.
Formal Mandate: 
None
Mandate: 
To help define open standards and encourage the adoption of generic technology to support interoperability across national and international borders.
Activities: 
Snowflake’s business components include Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Products, Consultancy and Training. In 2002 Snowflake released its GML Loading Tool, GO Loader. GO Loader’s generic capabilities and enterprise pedigree soon made it the market leading GML loading tool proven with OS MasterMap, IMRO2006, TOP10NL and AAA-NAS. Snowflake has also been actively working with other GML/XML schemas/applications such as GeoSciML, CityGML, IMBOD, IMKICH, IMGeo, IMWA and IMWE. Launched in 2005, Snowflake’s GML Translation and Publishing Tool, GO Publisher, enables organisations to publish their data to XML and GML within an enterprise environment. GO Publisher is recognised as one of the most advanced GML publishing tools on the market and is being implemented in two of the three INSPIRE reference implementations: RISE (QinetiQ) and ORCHESTRA (Joint Research Council). Recognised as geospatial modelling experts, Snowflake’s GML Consultancy Services have been utilised in numerous business critical environments from building multi-million row spatial databases (‘3’ mobile phone network), to architecting XML schema (Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland) and designing geospatial data models (Ordnance Survey UK). In 2006 Snowflake’s training services began offering GML Training Courses in the UK and the Netherlands (through its training partner Grontmij). To date Snowflake has held 8 courses in the Netherlands and several in the UK including bespoke GML training for organisations such as Ordnance Survey and the UK Hydrographic Office Snowflake works closely with government clients - such as the European Commission (JRC), DEFRA, TNO and Ordnance Survey - and corporate clients - such as IBM, Alterra, AtosOrigin, Accenture, British Telecom and QinetiQ. Its solutions are proven by the most demanding multi-million row databases, supporting commercial and e-Government initiatives.
Membership: 
Open Geospatial Consortium
Comments: 
Snowflake has participated in two of the INSPIRE pilot projects: ORCHESTRA and RISE.
Typology: 
Regional
Sectorial
Thematic
PROPOSED ROLE IN INSPIRE DEVELOPMENT

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    International
    world-wide
    Societal Sector
    local, regional and central government, private sector and research
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    ORCHESTRA and RISE projects.
    Environmental application domains
    Various
    Primary Business
    COTS Solutions, Consultancy and Training