Is there a tool for converting Smallworld data into a variety of other GIS formats?

We have a number of Smallworld instances and need to create a central repository for the data that can be used by a mobile application.

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    That depends on what format you can export your data from SmallworldFrom and what format your mobile application requires. What I can gather from the docu it seems to support ESRI Shapefiles. The swiss army knife for format conversions are OGR and GDAL, which support a number of vector and raster formats. – Kersten Jul 27 '15 at 6:11
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    Questions asking for software recommendations can be problematic for our focussed Q&A format because they tend to attract opinions: meta.gis.stackexchange.com/questions/3660/… – PolyGeo Jul 27 '15 at 7:14
  • While I would generally agree with @PolyGeo , I think the scarcity of knowledge and experience with Smallworld on this site warrants giving this some attention (6 questions vs 9271 for ArcGIS). Asking for the 'best' may be incorrect, it's likely more a question of what will actually work at all. – Evil Genius Jul 27 '15 at 11:14
  • Thanks everyone and yes I agree that these sorts of generic recommendations can be problematic but if anyone has some experience is any exporting tools from Smallworld then that would be appreciated. – Dean Howell Jul 28 '15 at 7:04

It's been about 5 years since I've worked with Smallworld first hand, so this may be outdated.

At that time, I was using version 4.1. Smallworld itself didn't, and I presume still doesn't, have any real exporting capability for spatial data outside of it's XML which uses a proprietary schema that doesn't mesh well with GML.

The only commercial option that I knew of was Safe Software's FME.

It may be overkill if all you want to do is export shapefiles, but it's quite powerful and may be useful as a general ETL tool as well.

Besides that, there is the XML that Smallworld exports (if it still does). That can be transformed into GML using XSLT, which you could then use with any number of tools to convert.

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  • FME works very well for converting smallworld to other formats we went to Oracle Spatial for Autodesk users (it took a few hours to convert the entire small world database). – Mapperz Jul 27 '15 at 16:00
  • Thanks for all the input it is very much appreciated. It does appear that FME seems to be the obvious option but it is a little confusing how to connect to the databases initially. – Dean Howell Jul 28 '15 at 7:02

The SEPM X-Translator is easy to install and use, it offers import/export functionality for Shape, DWG/DXF, KML, Text and a few other formats. Disclaimer: I wrote this software so I may be kind of biased.

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We have made good experience with FME and the SpatialBizPlugin by SBS Systems. This is a quite expensive commercial solution, as everything related to Smallworld, but it works pretty well. As an end user I can say this without any commerial interest.

Whether SEPM X-Translator is easy to install and to use or not seems strongly depending on the personal point of view, i daresay.

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