OSGeo Graduates MapGuide Open Source to Full Project Status

Autodesk's Contribution to the Geospatial Open Source Community Gains 'Seal

of Approval' From Developers

Apr 17, 2007, 01:00 ET from Autodesk, Inc.

 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
 mapping needs."
     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
 source license.
     About Autodesk
     Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the
 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
 solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real.
 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
 Foundation in the USA and/or other countries. Autodesk reserves the right
 to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice,
 and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may
 appear in this document. All other brand names, product names, or
 trademarks belong to their respective holders.
     Contact: Toni Cole, (503) 471-6841
     Email: toni.cole@edelman.com

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