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Editor's Introduction

This week I focus on the Morpheus Data Transformation Project, which seeks to develop a searchable repository of 'data transformations' that allow developers to save, search, and reuse data conversion scripts and programs. As always, I welcome your comments.

Matteo Luccio

The Morpheus Data Transformation Project

How much time do you spend re-inventing the wheel? The Morpheus Data Transformation Project, a collaborative project between database researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Florida, aims to save software developers a lot of time by making it easier to manage the integration of disparate databases into a data warehouse. According to Doug Bright, an MBA student at MIT's Sloan School of Management, Morpheus "attempts to do this primarily by offering a searchable repository of 'data transformations' that allow developers to save, search, and reuse the scripts and programs that convert data from each database into the global schema in the warehouse."

A few weeks ago, Bright found my listing in the MIT alumni directory and called me to ask how well this concept might apply to the geospatial industry. He posed three questions that the project hopes to answer:

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News Briefs

Please note: I have neither edited nor verified the content of these press releases.


    1. NAVTEQ Taps Autodesk to Collaborate on Dynamic Online Venture to Reach Developers

    2. Oracle names Autodesk Recipient of 2007 Spatial Excellence Partnership Award

    3. Intermap Technologies and GeoContent Announce Partnership to Deliver Highly Accurate and Uniform Countrywide Geospatial Data of Germany

    4. Hydrologic Engineering Center and ESRI Sign Cooperative Research and Development Agreement

    5. St. Lucie County Chooses MultiVision USA as Oblique Imagery System Provider

    6. GeoDecisions Developing Custom GIS for Adams Electric Cooperative

    7. BlueSky Credits Leica Geosystems Products with Productivity Gains

    8. Avineon Awarded Contract with City of Richmond, Virginia to Support Enterprise GIS Initiative for Public Utilities

    9. Geomatic Technologies Completes ETSA State-wide Rural Asset Survey

    10. Earthdata Begins Next Phase Of Landmark Tennessee Base Mapping Program

    11. Monroe County, NY 9-1-1's use of Pictometry helps Propel Agency to Top Honor as Outstanding Call Center of the Year

    12. McDonald Bradley Selects ESRI Software Toolset to Implement a New Nautical Charting System for Data Management at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


    1. Encom Extends 3D Environment For Geoscientists Working With Mapinfo Professional

    2. Topcon Announces Upgrade for Topcon Tools Software


    1. Program Details for URISA's 45th Annual Conference

    2. Deadlines Extended for URISA Conferences

    3. GeoAnalytics CEO To Speak At CalGIS

    4. Industry Thought Leaders to Outline GIS Successes during ESRI Business GeoInfo Summit

    5. Wangari Maathai to Present Keynote Address at 2007 ESRI User Conference

    6. ESRI Becomes Platinum Sponsor for URISA's GIS In Public Health Conference

    7. Learn to Work with CAD Data in ESRI's ArcGIS 9.2


    1. TerraGo Technologies Expands Direct and Indirect Sales Force

    2. Timmons Group Hires Apurva Goyal as GIS Developer

  4. OTHER

    1. Library of Congress Creates Smart Maps, Giving Policy Makers the Big Picture

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