Autodesk Contributes Web Mapping Software to Open Source Community

MapServer Technical Steering Committee Members, the University of Minnesota

and the DM Solutions Group Join Autodesk, Inc. in Establishing an Open Source

Foundation Dedicated to Driving Innovation and Expansion of New Web Mapping

Technology and Creating Broad-based Market Development Opportunity

Nov 28, 2005, 00:00 ET from Autodesk, Inc.

    ORLANDO, Fla., Autodesk University, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As a
 sign of its support for the growing momentum behind open source web mapping
 technologies, Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq:   ADSK) today announced the company is
 releasing the code for MapServer Enterprise, the company's new web mapping
 platform, as open source.  A snapshot of the MapServer Enterprise source code
 is available today through the new MapServer Foundation, an independent non-
 profit organization with the mission of supporting and promoting open source
 web mapping.  The foundation's charter members include MapServer Technical
 Steering Committee members, the University of Minnesota MapServer Project, the
 DM Solutions Group, and Autodesk.  A letter from the group's leaders detailing
 their decision to work together can also be found on the MapServer Foundation
 web site ( ).
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     "The decision to contribute to the open source community is a reflection
 of our customers' desire for faster innovation, more frequent product
 releases, and lower total cost of ownership," said Chris Bradshaw, vice
 president of Autodesk's Infrastructure Solutions Division.  "Autodesk is
 committed to ensuring open source web mapping technology continues to gain
 adoption, evolve and add value to the growing geospatial community and
     MapServer Enterprise
     MapServer Enterprise enables developers to rapidly develop and deploy
 valuable spatial applications. It works with the latest PHP, .NET, and Java
 tools to quickly build powerful applications for Windows or Linux server
 environments. Developers can also publish spatial views internally, over the
 web, or using Autodesk's DWF viewing technology for offline portability.
 Applications built using MapServer Enterprise give users a faster and more
 flexible way to query, analyze, and view critical spatial information.
 Autodesk plans to offer a commercial version of the product called Autodesk
 MapServer Enterprise in 2006, as well as an authoring environment which
 handles geospatial data collection and preparation of the data for
 distribution via the Internet.
     MapServer Enterprise is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public
 License (LGPL).  In addition to the snapshot of the source code available
 today, the company expects the full MapServer Enterprise open source project
 web site to be live in early 2006.  The project site will support code
 contributions, as well as bug submissions, mailing lists and discussion
 forums.  As a component of MapServer Enterprise, Autodesk will also make
 available source code for its feature data objects (FDOs) technology which
 provides a powerful application programming interface for accessing any type
 of spatial information.  Autodesk will contribute nearly a dozen FDO
 "providers" to the open source project including ArcSDE, WFS, WMS, SHP, ODBC,
 and MySQL.
     "Autodesk's entry into open source validates the work done by the
 MapServer community, and indeed by all of the folks working on open source
 geospatial projects.  It is clear that open source plays a significant role in
 the geospatial technology market," said Steve Lime, creator of MapServer and
 chair of the MapServer Technical Steering Committee.  "The MapServer
 Foundation is a logical next step for MapServer, and I look forward to seeing
 the community grow."
     The MapServer Foundation's site also features the original MapServer
 platform, the world's leading open source web mapping platform with more than
 10,000 downloads a month. Moving forward MapServer will be called MapServer
 Cheetah in order to differentiate it from MapServer Enterprise.
     DM Solutions Group, the commercial leader of MapServer development,
 recognizes the importance of Autodesk's contribution and commitment to the
 MapServer Foundation. "Today's announcement is a milestone event for the open
 source web mapping community and the broader geospatial industry," said David
 McIlhagga, president of DM Solutions Group. "The spirit of collaboration being
 demonstrated today is sure to bring major benefits to users, organizations and
 companies contributing to and building on open source around the world."
     About Autodesk
     Autodesk, Inc. is wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned
 into reality. With over seven million users, Autodesk is the world's leading
 software and services company for the building, manufacturing, infrastructure,
 digital media, and wireless data services fields. Autodesk's solutions help
 customers create, manage, and share their data and digital assets more
 effectively.  As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage by
 becoming more productive, streamlining project efficiency, and maximizing
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