FLASH Open-Source Web Mapping Unveiled31 Mar, 2006 By: Amy Stankiewicz
Autodesk has introduced the new version of MapGuide Open Source (Web mapping software originally known as MapServer Enterprise) and has made it available on the MapGuide Open Source Web site hosted by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (http://mapguide.osgeo.org).
MapGuide Open Source is free software that allows users to develop and distribute spatial and design data over the Internet. Autodesk plans to offer a commercial version known as Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2007 later in 2006. Moving forward, MapGuide Open Source will be an Open Source Geospatial Foundation project.
The new MapGuide Open Source project site provides software developers with software downloads, a framework for code contributions and bug reporting, and discussion forums. MapGuide Open Source also offers the option to auto-install and configure the Apache HTTP server, PHP scripting language, and Tomcat, the Apache servlet engine. It works with the latest PHP, .NET, and Java tools. Users can publish spatial views internally, over the Web, or using Autodesk DWF viewing technology.
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation held its first meeting in Chicago in February. Representatives from more than 17 organizations and 20 different geospatial projects attended.