Safe Software Announces James Fee as Keynote Speaker for FME International User Conference

Industry Leader to Share Geospatial Industry Insights with Global Audience of FME Users

Vancouver, BC, May 6, 2009 – Safe Software, the leaders in spatial ETL (extract, transform and load) and the makers of FME®, today announced James Fee as the keynote speaker for the FME International Conference from June 11 – 12, 2009 in Whistler, BC, Canada.

Widely regarded as a leader in the field of geospatial and web-based mapping technologies, James will share his insights on key industry developments and trends on how organizations are extending the ways they use geospatial data.

"FME continues to play a critical role in enabling organizations worldwide to freely access and use their spatial data," says Fee. "I am pleased to have this opportunity to share my perspective on how this freedom is motivating the discovery of new and innovative uses for spatial data and shaping the future direction of the geospatial industry."

The 2009 FME International User Conference theme is "Bringing the World Together" and will focus on demonstrating interesting examples of how organizations are using FME to cross data boundaries and eliminate barriers to spatial data access. More information on this annual user conference is available at

About James Fee
James Fee, GISP, is the Geospatial Technology Manager and Associate of RSP Architects ( Fee has extensive experience in GIS development (ESRI, Autodesk®, OSGeo), as well as development of GIS implementation plans. He was instrumental in enabling the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center to track the recovery of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina and previous clients span the Department of Defense (Navy, USMC, Army and Air Force), Department of Interior, State and Local Governments, Private Sector and Non-profits.

Fee is responsible for creating tools and integration technology to help visualize data using existing web technologies such as Google Maps™, Google Earth™ and Microsoft® Virtual Earth™. Fee blogs about geospatial technology at and has helped develop an online community culminating in Planet Geospatial ( He is a frequent presenter at GIS conferences around the world and has led user group discussions at the ESRI User Conference the past 5 years. He is also a regular columnist for GeoInformatics magazine.

About the FME International User Conference
The annual FME International User Conference provides an opportunity for FME users to gather together to share FME best practices, build their FME expertise and network with other users from around the world. Through hands-on workshops and technical sessions, attendees gain new insights and learn tips and tricks for using FME to solve their spatial data interoperability challenges. For more information, please visit

About Safe and FME
Safe Software powers the flow of spatial data with its software platform, FME. The recognized standard in spatial ETL (extract, transform and load), FME is the only complete solution for data conversion. It delivers the most extensive format support for data translation and integration, and provides unlimited flexibility in data model transformation and distribution.

FME is used by thousands of customers worldwide in a variety of industries including government, utilities, and petroleum. Its powerful data access technology also makes FME the choice of leading GIS, CAD, and database vendors for integration into their own solutions. Designed for true data interoperability, FME unleashes spatial data so people can use it where, when, and how they want to. For more information, visit


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