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GeoServer 1.4.0 released

19 December 2006 – The GeoServer Project has announced the release of GeoServer version 1.4.0. The new version represents transition of GeoServer’s architecture to a more modular, programmer friendly environment based on Spring (https://springframework.org). And from the user perspective there are several improvements for scalability and stability, along with many little fixes.

In addition to some improved memory management for much better scalability, there is also new support for on the fly reprojection with KML output, allowing one to serve data from most any spatial projection in to Google Earth with no additional configuration.

KML has some improvements in styling as well, there is a new German translation of the web admin tool, and the embedded Jetty server has been upgraded to the latest version. Outputting Shapefiles and gzipped GML, PDFs and SVG have also been much improved, allowing users to get at the raw data behind the map in the format they prefer. The full changelog is at:

From the developer side, just as Ruby on Rails was extracted from Basecamp, so too is the GeoServer team starting down the path of turning the core architecture of GeoServer to be used as a generic framework, but in this case for spatial applications.

Potential services like geocoding, web processing, routing and more will be able to leverage the same data configuration and extensive GeoTools toolkit that GeoServer uses. Developers will be able to write new plug-ins and distribute them independently of GeoServer, and users will have much more control over what to include in their distribution of GeoServer.

– About GeoServer
GeoServer is an open source, standards-based server of geospatial information, connecting spatial databases and files to the variety of clients that make up the ‘geospatial web’, and allowing user contributed editing through standard web-based interfaces. GeoServer’s homepage is https://geoserver.org, and the release can be downloaded at: . The GeoServer Project is completely open source, in license and development process, built by a diverse community of contributors.

– About The Open Planning Project (TOPP)
TOPP’s mission is to build technology to enhance the role of the citizen in democratic society. TOPP provides funding and leadership for the development of GeoServer, to help create a more open, interoperable infrastructure of geographic information. TOPP’s interest in this is urban planning, so that geographic data is more available and open to enable citizen involvement through the use of simulations and modeling that can be built on top of the base data. But GeoServer is run in a true open source fashion, able to meet a variety of needs, and developed by a number of organizations. TOPP supports a diverse community of commercial providers, and does take on work related to GeoServer when related to its core mission. Any ‘profit’ made from providing services on GeoServer is re-invested back in to the core, building a sustainable open source project that many can use and improve for their needs.