SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LOCATION INTELLIGENCE
CONFERENCE -- Following the first anniversary of its launch, MapGuide Open
Source has achieved a new status within the Open Source Geospatial
Foundation (OSGeo) as a fully endorsed project. Originally developed as
Autodesk MapGuide software by Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK), and released
to the open source community in 2006, MapGuide Open Source is a Web-based
platform that enables users to develop and publish online mapping
applications and geospatial web services.
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During its incubation process, the project's community of more than 600
members actively engaged in development and application efforts to validate
the software's functionality, viability and support. As part of the
project's graduation, Robert Bray, platform software manager and architect
of geospatial solutions at Autodesk, has assumed the role of OSGeo
vice-president -- MapGuide Open Source.
"As a new open source project, it was crucial that MapGuide Open Source
show clear signs of an open development process and community involvement.
Early in the incubation process, community members were already
collaborating to identify new ways to use the technology and to request new
features needed in future releases," said Tyler Mitchell, executive
director of OSGeo. "Now that it has graduated from the incubation process,
becoming an official OSGeo project, developers can have added confidence
applying the MapGuide Open Source platform to meet their specific web
With more than 25,000 downloads in its first year and an average of
four to five thousand downloads per month in 2007, the software is already
being embraced by the geospatial open source community. To date, MapGuide
Open Source has had three version releases, with the most recent update in
January 2007 adding direct support of KML files for Google Earth mapping
"As a sustaining sponsor of OSGeo, Autodesk is excited by the number of
innovative projects that open source developers are building with MapGuide
Open Source," said Lisa Campbell, vice president of geospatial solutions at
Autodesk. "This network of professionals brings new capabilities to local
and regional audiences around the world much faster than Autodesk could, if
the software were still proprietary."
One new geospatial project using MapGuide Open Source is the San
Francisco Urban Forest Mapping System, a dynamic online resource for
residents, community groups and city employees to update and share
information about trees within the city's urban forest. As the Urban Forest
Mapping Project is a community-based initiative by public and non-profit
organizations, MapGuide Open Source was the ideal platform because it
offered the flexibility to adapt the technology to suit the project's
unique needs. The project partners plan to contribute the Urban Forest
Mapping Project technology to the open source community for the benefit of
other cities or organizations. The source code for the map will be released
to the open source community at http://www.sftreemap.org.
In addition to MapGuide Open Source, Autodesk contributed its Feature
Data Object (FDO) data access technology as an open source project to
OSGeo. Autodesk is also a sustaining sponsor of OSGeo, further showing
their support of the open source community.
For more information about MapGuide Open Source, visit
About the Open Source Geospatial Foundation
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for-profit
organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative
development of open geospatial technologies and data. The foundation
provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open
source geospatial community. It also serves as an independent legal entity
to which community members can contribute code, funding and other
resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be
maintained for public benefit. OSGeo also serves as an outreach and
advocacy organization for the open source geospatial community, and
provides a common forum and shared infrastructure for improving
cross-project collaboration. The foundation's projects are all freely
available at http://www.osgeo.org and useable under an OSI-certified open
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manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment
markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has
developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping
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Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize,
simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to
save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional
information about Autodesk, visit http://www.autodesk.com.
NOTE: Autodesk, AutoCAD and Autodesk MapGuide are registered trademarks
of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. OSGeo and Open Source
Geospatial Foundation are trademarks of the Open Source Geospatial
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