A closer look at the latest open source web mapping solution

by Glenn Letham

Related link: http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/7567/28/

By now you’ve heard the news… Autodesk Corp. has thrown their hat into Open Source movement via a collaboration with DM Solutions Group (Canadian-based web mapping consultants) and the University of Minnesota. Together they plan to advance open source web mapping technologies, mainly via the contribution of Autodesk’s new map server product, MapServer Enterprise, to the Open Source movement. We look at what this move involves, compare it to the Google maps initiative, and discuss the licensing. This move is significant to:
- the MapServer Open source community
- the Mapguide user community
- the geospatial industry
- the broader IT industry

The article takes a look at how this compares to Google's move with the "open" API. See http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/7567/28/