MapGuide Open Source witnesses record downloads in first year

MapGuide Open Source witnesses record downloads in first year


Las Vegas, USA, November 28, 2006 – Autodesk, Inc. today marked the one-year anniversary of the release of its MapGuide Open Source product and its feature data objects (FDO) source code.

Over the past year, this web-mapping platform has gained traction among the geospatial developer community, which is now incorporating it into new and innovative spatial applications. The MapGuide Open Source community currently numbers over 600 members, and the source code has been downloaded more than 23,000 times. Additionally, the FDO source code has been downloaded 3000 times.

Autodesk released MapGuide Open Source and its FDO data access technology to the open source development community in November 2005. Autodesk’s MapGuide Open Source software ( supports the most popular geospatial file formats, databases and standards, simplifying map development and deployment.

This critical interoperability, along with the open source code, facilitates easy and flexible analysis and distribution of geospatial information to key stakeholders. The FDO functionality within MapGuide Open Source provides access to multiple spatial data types.

MapGuide Open Source is now an active project hosted by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). OSGeo, an independent not-for-profit entity, was established to support the needs of the open source geospatial community and provides a common forum and shared infrastructure for cross-project collaboration. Under the umbrella of OSGeo, users, developers and community participants coordinate development efforts that are crucial to the success of open source web mapping.

– About MapGuide Open Source
MapGuide Open Source is a new web mapping platform that enables users to quickly develop and distribute spatial and design data over the web or intranets.

MapGuide Open Source provides for the integration and dissemination of spatial, design, or tabular information. It also provides tools to integrate and convert various data types, structure and stylize that data, create applications that use the data, and finally publish the data on the web or an intranet. It supports both the Microsoft Windows and Linux platforms and will be available later this year as a commercial product.