Autodesk has announced that it plans to donate map projection technology to the geospatial open source community. Autodesk has acquired the technology from from Mentor Software which was founded by Norm Olsen. Mentor Software's map projection libraries support over 3,000 different world map projections and provides capabilities not previously available to the open source community. Mentor Software's map projection software is widely used around the world. Autodesk has been using it for many years in AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise.
The additional really good news is that Mentor Software's founder and principal, Norm Olsen, will join Autodesk as a senior software engineer.
Currently, Autodesk is preparing the source code for submission to the OSGeo and expects to donate the software as an OSGeo open source project by the end of 2007.