OpenStreetMap - Be Your Own Cartographer


Jonathan Bennett


Packt Publishing







MapBuilder Info Sheet

This project has been retired in 2008! The resources and know-how live on in other OGSeo projects. Please check out OpenLayers, Mapbender, MapFish and GeoMajas. Read more about the retirement in the MapBuilder Report 2008


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Archive of MapBuilder's web pages


MapBuilder is a powerful, standards compliant geographic mapping client that runs in a web browser.

Our mission is to empower communities to collaboratively build and share geographic data using standards-based, open source tools.


  • Browser based mapping client
  • Standards compliant, supports the Open Geospatial consortium(OGC) standards
  • Renders maps from Web Map Services (WMS), Web Feature Services (WFS), GeoRSS, Google Maps
  • Supports editing map features to Transactional Web Feature Services (WFS-T)
  • Easy to use
  • No plugins required
  • Fast and interactive - built using AJAX
  • Allows users to build their own maps, then save and share them, using Web Map Context (WMC) and Open Web Services Context
  • Works with most modern browsers (Firefox 1.0+, Internet Explorer 6.0+, Mozilla 1.3+, Navigator 6+)
  • Customisable and easy to extend
  • Open source under the LGPL licence

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Trademark FAQ

Trademark FAQ

Trademark FAQ

What's the purpose of this document?

This document sets out to answer the common questions which arise about the use of the OSGeo Trademarks and Logos as described in the Trademark Guidelines. Our code is free, but we do strictly enforce our trademark rights; we must, in order to keep them valid. This means that, while you have considerable freedom to redistribute and modify our software, there are tight restrictions on your ability to use the OSGeo name and logos, even when built into binaries that we provide.

What are the OSGeo Trademarks and Logos?

The OSGeo trademarks include:

  • the name The Open Source Geospatial Foundation
  • the name OSGeo
  • the name
  • the name OSGeo Foundation
  • the name FOSS4G
  • the name FOSS4G Conference
  • the OSGeo compass logo

Can I put OSGeo banners on my website? Can I link to you?

Of course you may, thanks for your support! Check out the Logos of the foundation and how you may use them. If you need other formats or sized please make sure they are of best quality and resolution.

Can I make a t-shirt/desktop wallpaper/baseball cap with the logo on?

Sure, if it's just for you, or if it's for others and no money or other consideration changes hands. OSGeo operates the OSGeo Store which sells a range of branded merchandise for exactly this purpose, with the proceeds going to support the Foundation.

Can I modify your logos and distribute the result?

No, sorry. To maintain our legal standing with respect to our trademarks and to prevent confusion or misunderstanding within the marketplace, you may not modify the logos in any way other than described in our Trademark Guidelines.

You didn't answer my question.

Please contact us at and we'll try to help you out.

Free and Open Source Software for Regional Spatial Data Infrastructures

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Mapbender InfoSheet


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Mapbender is a web based geoportal framework to publish, register, view, navigate, monitor and grant secure access to spatial data infrastructure services.

Mapbender is the tip of the iceberg, a meta layer of software providing access to SDI components adhering to international standards. Mapbender allows users to easily create customised browser clients from a wide range of widgets (without any/with minimal) programming required. Widgets integrate with server functionality to provide advanced functionality like security proxying, digitizing, auto snapping and more.

Mapbender management applications are straight forward and easy to use providing highly focused functionality for the operation of large scale distributed SDI components. It is the tool of choice for SDI administrators who need to maintain, categorize and monitor map and feature services. Mapbender grants access to individuals, groups and manages machine to machine access. Adherence to standardized services, such as OGC WMS allows to take advantage of interoperable services from a multitude of server platforms.

Mapbender3 is the successor of the Mapbender 2 Version and is based on the frameworks Symfony2, JQuery and OpenLayers. Mapbender3 uses the MIT Licence (since version, before GNU GPL and Simplified BSD Licence).

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Find more interfaces in the Mapbender Gallery


  • Software and management services for mapping of OGC web services architectures
  • Provides a data model and interfaces for displaying, navigating and querying OGC compliant Map Services
  • Authentication and authorization services
  • Security proxy functionality
  • Management interfaces for user, group and service administration

FOSS4G2010 in Barcelona, Spain

News Date: 
19 Mar 2009

Barcelona to host FOSS4G conference in 2010

Barcelona (Spain) selected to host the 2010 international conference for "Free & Open Source Software for GeoSpatial" (FOSS4G).

The OSGeo Foundation has selected Barcelona for the location of the FOSS4G 2010 conference, to take place in September.

FOSS4G is the premier international event organized around Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial. The selection of Barcelona brings the conference back to Europe, providing an ideal central location for experienced users and core developers to meet and share experiences. It is also the single best annual conference to dive in to the Open Source geospatial world, with introductory workshops, case studies of successful implementations, and numerous opportunities for meeting others who have leveraged FOSS to solve their problems.

The Spanish language chapter of OSGeo is pleased to be selected to host FOSS4G 2010. Geospatial Free and Open Source Software has great institutional support in Spain. Government administrations like Extremadura, Andalucia and Comunidad Valencia are investing heavily in building software that meets their needs. The official language of the conference will be English, but the Spanish speaking community will have numerous opportunities to participate in their native language.

In addition to software, the conference will also touch on a variety of related topics such as open data, open standards and the INSPIRE directive. To receive additional information about the conference go to:

About OSGeo

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation has been created to support and build the highest-quality Open Source geospatial software. The foundation's goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects, data development and education [1].

About OSGeo-es

The Spanish language chapter is a fast growing community embracing all countries that speak the Spanish language. It is focused on promoting and building software, localizing documentation, and sharing educational material. The primary activity of the chapter is the realization of a Free GIS book, built by the community and distributed with a Creative Commons license.

About FOSS4G

FOSS4G is the annual international conference on Open Source geospatial software. From its beginning the FOSS4G conference has been the gathering of the spatial tribes and has a reputation of being a melting pot for great ideas in the spatial industry and a catalyst for many successful geospatial products, standards and protocols. The 2008 conference was held in Cape Town, South Africa and was a huge success[2]. The 2009 conference will be held in Sydney, Australia[3]. FOSS4G 2010 Barcelona will be the eighth "formal" gathering of the Open Source geospatial community. 2010 will be a key year for Europe, with the INSPIRE initiative, and FOSS4G will be the best place to see the Free Software way to make an SDI work.




Brief Update

Hi everybody, here is just a brief update of some of the things on my radar at the moment. If you see an opportunity to work together on any of them, or if you want to find a reason to get together, drop me a note.

Journal and Annual Report

As many of you already know, the OSGeo Annual Report compilation is underway. With a few days left to get reports in, I hope you will pester others in your project steering committee or local chapter to submit something - even something very brief. OSGeo has been pretty light on reporting requirements, so this annual requirement shouldn't be too much effort. In fact, I think it very beneficial for our groups to take a moment to reflect and consider how they've progressed during 2008. When compilation is complete, then it will be rolled together with a few other articles into OSGeo Journal Volume 5. Watch for it later in the month.

If you have extra time on your hands and want to help edit upcoming issues of the journal - join the Journal mailing list and introduce yourself. We're moving to a powerful online management system called the Open Journal System. It's taking some getting used to, but will really help make it possible to undertake peer review and easier submission/management between different editors.


As noted in previous posts we have several projects on the go. The one that's mostly on my plate is to oversee getting design work completed for some brochures, templates and other items that are in high demand by local chapters and events worldwide. The aim is to have reusable file formats and ones that are easily edited or updated in the future. Watch for more on this in the upcoming month.

This month several of us had the opportunity to contribute to the Open Source Business Resource Journal. Edited by Dave McIlhagga, including contributions by myself, Paul Ramsey, Mark Lucas, Scott Bortman, Andrew Ross, Haris Kurtagic and Geoff Zeiss. Good work guys and thank you to the OSBR for the great opportunity.

OSGeo will have a booth at the (huge) upcoming American Association of Geographers (AAG) event 22-26 March. Thanks to Alex Mandel for taking the lead on organising this with his colleagues at UC Davis. Also to the other volunteers who are helping speak and maintain our presence there.

Paul Ramsey is also helping to organise our presence at O'Reilly's Where 2.0 event 19-21 May. There is always a stellar line-up of folks who are friends of OSGeo and our relatives. I'm not sure if I'll be attending, but if you are going to be then you might want to mention it on the OSGeo Discuss list to see who else is going.

Supporting Your Event

I'm always wary of giving a false sense of hope, but if you know of a critical event in your region or domain that OSGeo could make a splash at in the future - please join the Marketing mailing list and introduce your idea. We don't really sponsor events, but we do expect to help with a few different ones - usually not through sponsoring but through exhibiting, speaking or generally helping spread OSGeo project information.

One warning though, be prepared to help organise or develop the idea if you really want to see it happen. The Marketing group is focused this year on developing the material mentioned above, and making sure this gets into the hands of as many people as possible who will be at events around the world.


This is the time of year where several of our esteemed OSGeo Sponsors come up for renewal, so I've had my head in the books a bit more than usual this past month. On the topic of sponsors, if you ever have any suggestions for sponsors that are a good fit for OSGeo (or any of the projects that are underway), I'd love to hear about it. We can chat about it, or you can drop me an email to get the ball rolling.

Events and Meetings

In a few months it will be about one year of reduced travel at my end. My wife had a nasty knee injury, but her surgery has worked out great. Now I'm starting to get any speaking opportunities and meetings lined up for later in the spring/summer.
  • The next event I am planning to attend is the First Open Source GIS UK Conference in Nottingham, June 22nd. I have several opportunities for talks and meetings that are starting to line up. If you are nearby (e.g. anywhere in the UK) and would like to meet, please let me know, I'm always keen to see what people are doing with OSGeo software, local chapters, education and more.
  • GeoWeb Vancouver is a great place to meet up with several OSGeo people. I expect to attend there in July and look forward to seeing others.
  • FOSS4G Sydney of course... 20-23 Oct. The marketing group is just starting to talk about preparing for an OSGeo booth there. If you are interested in helping coordinate our exhibition floor presence, get a front and centre visible position, etc... there is an opportunity to help. Prior experience with such an effort would be ideal.

What else is on your agenda that I should attend or could help with in some way? I'm sure I've forgotten more than I remember!

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Open Source Approaches in Spatial Data Handling


Hall, G. Brent; Leahy, Michael G. (Eds.)










This book focuses on the nature and characteristics of open source geospatial (OSG) software. The role of OSG approaches in spatial data handling is the cross-cutting theme of the book. Various sub-themes are explored that introduce readers unfamiliar to OSG software to the nature, purpose and applications of OS programming, and to the key new OS tools and their application within the geospatial data domain. The book also includes a discussion of new tools, approaches and applications for those already using OS approaches to software development.

Written for:

Senior undergraduate students in courses that focus specifically on OSG software development and use; graduate students in courses on open source GIS; researchers and practitioners who are interested in open source software alternatives to closed and proprietary spatial data processing and analysis software

Table of contents:

1 Geospatial Open Source and Open Standards Convergences . . . . . . . 1
Athanasios Tom Kralidis
2 Free Software and Open Source Business Models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Arnulf Christl
3 Communities of Practice and the Business of Open Source Web
Mapping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
David McIhagga
4 MapServer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Stephen Lime
5 The Geospatial Data Abstraction Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Frank Warmerdam
6 Open Source Databases and Their Spatial Extensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Rongguo Chen and Jiong Xie
7 MapGuide Open Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Robert Bray
8 GeoTools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Ian Turton
9 GRASS GIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
M. Neteler, D.E. Beaudette, P. Cavallini, L. Lami and J. Cepicky
10 GeoVISTA Studio: Reusability by Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Mark Gahegan, Frank Hardisty, Ur?ska Dem?sar and Masa Takatsuka
11 Design and Implementation of a Map-Centred Synchronous
Collaboration Tool Using Open Source Components: The MapChat
Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
G. Brent Hall and Michael G. Leahy
12 TerraLib: An Open Source GIS Library for Large-Scale
Environmental and Socio-Economic Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
Gilberto Cˆamara, L ?ubia Vinhas, Karine Reis Ferreira,
Gilberto Ribeiro de Queiroz, Ricardo Cartaxo Modesto de Souza,
Ant ˆonio Miguel Vieira Monteiro, Marcelo T ??lio de Carvalho,
Marco Antonio Casanova and Ubirajara Moura de Freitas

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