Cambridge, UK, 12 December 2006 – 1Spatial (formerly known as Laser-Scan) has become a Foundation Sponsor for the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). As part of this move to greatly increase the possibilities for spatial data quality control over the Web, 1Spatial is integrating FDO (Feature Data Objects) with their flagship Radius Studio component-based architecture.
FDO was originally authored by Autodesk but is now open source software, granted to the OSGeo as a sub-project of MapGuide Open Source. In a recent press release from Autodesk there was reference to the MapGuide Open Source community, which currently numbers over 600 members. They have downloaded the code more than 23,000 times and the FDO source code has been downloaded 3000 times.
These community members can now link into the Radius Studio environment and join the increasing community enjoying the ability to assess and control spatial data quality across the web.
The OSGeo has declared its mission to promote and support the development of open source tools focused on mapping and geospatial analysis. Again through FDO, Radius Studio will now have access to all the ‘providers’ (specific application programming interfaces to access spatial data in particular formats) to allow users to connect to spatial data in various formats, e.g. ESRI Shape or ArcSDE or WFS.