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August 4th, 2008
Autodesk Contributes Coordinate System Software to OSGEO Foundation

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PR – Autodesk, Inc.,  today announced that it has donated the source code for CS-Map coordinate system technology to the open source community and is seeking to establish it as part of an official OSGeo Foundation project for coordinate reference systems. The contribution represents Autodesk’s third major contribution to the open source community, following its MapGuide Open Source and Feature Data Object (FDO) Data Access Technology donations.

"This contribution advances OSGeo's mission of supporting and building
the highest quality open source geospatial software," said Frank Warmerdam,
president of the OSGeo Foundation. "Opening the CS-Map source code will
ensure that all organizations and developers have access to this
industrial-quality comprehensive library of map projections and coordinate
systems, including several capabilities not previously available in open
source."
"Autodesk recognizes the central values of open source community and
enterprise development, including faster innovation, more frequent product
updates and lower overall cost of ownership," said Lisa Campbell, vice
president, Autodesk Geospatial. "By contributing the code for CS-Map,
Autodesk hopes to meet users' needs while continuing to encourage community
participation in software and application development."
Coordinate System Technology Integral to Geospatial Analysis
CS-Map is a coordinate system and map projection library that enables
users to more easily support geographic coordinate conversions and allow
accurate and precise geospatial analysis. It currently supports a library
of more than 3,000 map projections and coordinate systems. Coordinate
systems are fundamental pieces of any mapping or geospatial application and
are constantly being added and updated. With open source code, the open
source community will be able to develop coordinate conversions as needed
and give organizations and developers access to this critical piece of
technology.
Autodesk acquired CS-Map through its acquisition of Mentor Software in
September 2007. CS-Map is currently embedded in most Autodesk geospatial
products, including AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise.
Open Source Geospatial Projects See Further Adoption
OSGeo currently hosts 15 open source geospatial projects, including
MapGuide Open Source and FDO Data Access Technology. Since the
organization's founding in 2006, its projects now represent code
contributions from more than 200 developers including a base of more than 6
million lines of code.
The MapGuide Open Source project also announced the addition of
MapGuide Maestro to the project, which is a new map authoring tool for
MapGuide Open Source. MapGuide Maestro is a free application that eases the
management of spatial data in MapGuide Open Source and has specialized
interfaces for editing the following components of MapGuide Open Source:
feature sources, Layer definitions, Map Definitions, Web Layouts and Fusion
Layouts.
Organizations large and small are reaping the benefits of the continual
updates from the community. The Resort Municipality of Whistler, British
Columbia has adopted MapGuide Open Source to help promote Whistler2020 -- a
program aimed at preserving Whistler's environment with sustainable,
eco-friendly practices. KidsGIS, an eco-friendly GIS portal developed by
volunteers from the geospatial field to teach children about the
environment, includes an online mapping application built on MapGuide Open
Source. Both projects also draw on FDO Data Access Technology to
incorporate data from multiple sources.

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