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Getting Data Out of Corporate Applications:. Output Tools. The Great Integrators. Busam 4/28/2009. Two Types of Tools. Output Tools Published Data (Data Analysis and Reporting). Input Tools Transactional Data (Data Capture). Input Tools. Designed for Data Entry

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two types of tools
Two Types of Tools


Published Data

(Data Analysis

and Reporting)


Transactional Data

(Data Capture)

input tools
Input Tools
  • Designed for Data Entry
    • On-Line Transactional Processing (OLTP) design
    • Normalized Database to minimize repeated data
    • Tuned for performance
  • NOT Designed for Data Extraction!
    • Complex retrieval queries
      • Complex joins needed to find data
      • Fewer indexes means fast data entry but slow retrieval
    • Complex and heavily technology driven
    • A world of its own…
input tools1
Input Tools
  • NRM Products – I-Web (Infra, FACTS, TIM, and NRIS)
    • Some Products have a Spatial ArcGIS Interface for input
    • Accessed through Citrix
    • Product Information
      • http://fsweb.nris.fs.fed.us/products/index.shtml
      • http://basenet.fs.fed.us/
  • NRIS Data Exchange Tools (DEX)
    • Bulk loads existing electronic (legacy) data into NRIS (tabular and spatial)
    • Available for TESP, Invasive Species, Plant Survey, Vegetation point data (ocular macroplot, cover frequency, and line intercept), and Wildlife
    • Coming Soon! - Aquatic Survey and Map Units
  • Portable Data Recorders (PDRs)
    • Bulk loads field collected data into NRIS (FSVeg and IS/FACTS only)
For every


there is an


output tools a cast of characters
OutputTools A Cast of Characters
  • A Variety of applications provide data from a variety of locations for a variety of uses or…
  • Data Entered Once, Used Many Times…

I-Web User Views

Geospatial Interface





MS Access/Excel



Data Warehouse


Spatial Characters

geospatial interface gi
Geospatial Interface (GI)
  • The Geospatial Interface (GI) is an ArcMap extension
    • Simple user interface – GI toolbar has 4 buttons
    • Users don’t have to know where the data is
    • Integrates spatial and tabular data
    • Displays layers using preset symbols
    • Can load multiple layers at once
    • Includes maps, queries, reports, and GIS analysis
    • One click export to Excel, Access, Word, or text file
General GI Overview



Fire Apps




Geospatial Interface

End Users

Simple access to their data

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Geospatial Interface (GI)
  • GI products are available for national applications
  • Custom products that combine data from several sources can be made
  • Works in Citrix or from Desktop ArcGIS
  • Set-up and maintenance of GI connections are centrally managed
    • (requires GI manager training)
  • On-line and virtual training sessions available
i web corporate data warehouse cdw
I-Web Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW)
  • I-Web CDW - Storage for Read-only, historical, aggregated data from I-Web
    • Easy to use - “Flat and Fat” –summarized data
    • Data presented in many different ways
      • Feature classes, reports, views
    • OLAP (On-Line Analytical Processing)
    • Query across multiple units
cdw continued
CDW Continued
  • Three ways to retrieve data
      • I-Web CDW Discoverer Interface (national reports)
      • SDE Connection - PC or Citrix ArcGIS/Arc Catalog
      • Geospatial Interface (best for spatial access)
  • CDW Products documented in the FS GIS Data Dictionary
  • National/Regional extents
  • Iterative Development Strategy
i web and edc
Oracle Content DB

Enterprise File



ArcGIS Server


Oracle Tables





Oracle Tables





I-Web and EDC
i web user views
I-Web User Views
  • Provides tabular corporate data for export to Excel
  • Accessed through the I-Web Dashboard
  • Tabular only
  • Allows queries across units
  • More flexibility than Standard Reports
    • Allows users to choose fields, sort, and write SQL query statements to retrieve specific records
  • Available for numerous NRM applications
i web access excel tool
I-Web Access/Excel Tool
  • I-Web add-in toolbar for Microsoft Access and Excel applications
  • One time desktop download and set up
  • Connect to the I-Web database
  • Provides tabular database returns
  • Explore database tables and views
  • Load data into Access and/or Excel
  • Data can be downloaded as a snapshot of the data or linked to always show current data
output summary
Output Summary
  • Once data are obtained from an Output Tool, the data can be used with other data to perform analyses.
    • GI – ArcGIS Extension that provides access to outputs and data from a wide variety of data sources (PC Client or Citrix)
    • I-Web CDW – I-WEB Data Storage Environment for Fat, Flat, and National/Regional Data, Accessed through ArcGIS or ArcCatalog (Citrix Recommended!) or I-Web CDW (National Reports only)
    • I-Web User Views – I-Web tool to provide tabular, summarized data in Excel, Accessed through I-Web interface (Citrix or Web)
    • I-Web Access/Excel Tool – I-Web add-in for MS Excel/Access that allows a user to link or grab data from the I-Web tables through Access or Excel on their PC
getting help
Getting HELP!
  • Business Application Service Environment (BASE): http://basenet.fs.fed.us/support/helpdesk/
    • Use base to suggest additional outputs!
  • ASK NRIS! (Tues. and Thurs.)
  • http://fsweb-drm.r6.fs.fed.us/administration/newsletters/dr-data/2008/08/news-ask-nris.php
  • I-Web Training Calendar: http://basenet.fs.fed.us:8085/training/iweb_training/
    • GI Training - http://fsweb.gac.fs.fed.us/geoteam/v200/training.html
  • NRIS Outputs Web Page: http://fsweb.nris.fs.fed.us/outputs/index.shtml
  • GIS Coordinator Cheat Sheet: http://sforge.fs.fed.us/sf/docman/do/downloadDocument/projects.nris_transformation/docman.root.outputswebpage.how_to/doc12120