Autodesk has announced another major software donation to the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGEO) . The source code for the CS-Map coordinate system technology acquired from Mentor Software has been donated to the open source community and Autodesk is working to make it part of an official OSGeo Foundation project for coordinate reference systems. This is Autodesk’s third major contribution to the open source community, after the Feature Data Object (FDO) Data Access Technology and MapGuide Open Source donations.
CS-Map Coordinate System Technology
CS-Map is a coordinate system and map projection library for geographic coordinate conversion. More than 3,000 map projections and coordinate systems are currently supported. Because it's now open source, contributors from the the open source community will now be able to customize and add to the existing projections.
Autodesk acquired CS-Map through its acquisition of Mentor Software technology in September 2007. CS-Map is currently embedded in most of Autodesk's geospatial products.
The OSGeo hosts 15 open source geospatial projects. Since OSGEO's founding in 2006, more than 200 developers have contributed to OSGEO projects, and it includes a base of more than 6 million lines of code, representing more than 1 000 person years of effort.
The MapGuide Open Source project also announced the addition of MapGuide Maestro, which is a free map authoring tool for MapGuide Open Source.