Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Software MapServer is an Open Source Web mapping Software

Software MapServer is an Open Source platform for publishing spatial data and interactive mapping applications to the web. Originally developed in the mid-1990’s at the University of Minnesota, MapServer is released under an MIT-style license, and runs on all major platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X).

MapServer is now a project of OSGeo, and is maintained by a growing number of developers (nearing 20) from around the world. It is supported by a diverse group of organizations that fund enhancements and maintenance, and administered within OSGeo by the MapServer Project Steering Committee made up of developers and other contributors.

MapServer Features :
A.  Advanced cartographic output
o Scale dependent feature drawing and application execution
o Feature labeling including label collision mediation
o Fully customizable, template driven output
o TrueType fonts
o Map element automation (scalebar, reference map, and legend)
o Thematic mapping using logical- or regular expression-based classes
B. Support for popular scripting and development environments
o PHP, Python, Perl, Ruby, Java, and .NET
C. Cross-platform Operating system support
o Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris, and more
D. Support of numerous Open Geospatial Consortium
o WMS (client/server), non-transactional WFS (client/server), WMC, WCS, Filter Encoding, SLD, GML, SOS, OM
E. A multitude of raster and vector data formats
o TIFF/GeoTIFF, EPPL7, and many others via GDAL
o ESRI shapfiles, PostGIS, ESRI ArcSDE, Oracle Spatial, MySQL and many others via OGR
F. Map projection support
o On-the-fly map projection with 1000s of projections through the Proj.4 library

More information please visit this site Mapserver

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