Autodesk moves more code to open source

Autodesk has announced that it is donating its coordinate conversion system and map projection technologies to the geospatial open-source community.

The tools, which allow users to manage, manipulate and integrate maps and related databases already are embedded in a number of Autodesk products, including AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise. Autodesk previously made a version of its MapGuide product available to the open-source community.

'With its groundbreaking open-source donations of Web mapping and geospatial data access technology software, Autodesk has proven itself to be a leader in contributing sophisticated and powerful geospatial technology to the open source community,' Frank Warmerdam, president of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), said in a press release. 'The latest planned contribution supports the projections and transformations necessary to support over 3,000 coordinate systems worldwide and has capabilities not previously available to the open-source community.'

Autodesk is the primary industry sponsor of OSGeo, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data.

Autodesk software engineers are preparing the source code for donation by ensuring that it is properly documented and organized as an open-source project. The company expects to donate the software as an open-source project to OSGeo by the end of 2007.

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