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 (http://www.mapserverfoundation.org ).
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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 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,
"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."
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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