What is it?
Open Source occupies a special place in the overall software landscape. Open Source software is freely adaptable for your own purposes. Open Source software is often at the forefront of the deployment of new technologies and new standards. Open Source software is developed by dedicated professionals wishing to assist one another and end users. The other side of the coin is that the development is not guaranteed; if there are not enough interested developers, a project can ‘bleed dry’. It is therefore vital that Open Source developments also be actively supported by companies like Geodan.
Why is Geodan involved?
A very active and multifaceted community of open source developers is hard at work in the field of Geo ICT. There are numerous mature products in the field of Desktop-GIS, webmapping, Spatial ETL and freestanding libraries and components. Geodan aims to maintain an overview of the total software and data landscape for Geo ICT applications, and recognises the importance of open source software in that field. And it cuts two ways: we can advise our customers on software and components according to a broad-based orientation and an independent position, while at the same time remaining in constant contact with the pioneers in Geo ICT software development.
What is Geodan doing about it?
Not only are we conversant with the developments in the field of open source software, but we also provide an active contribution. Our researchers, for example, are actively involved in open source projects such as OpenLayers and MapBuilder, both leading web mapping clients.
Furthermore Geodan has recently, in 2008, set up a new Open Source product. The Geometry Library, written in C++, is a fast library for usage of points, lines and polygons in a C++ environment. All essential GIS algorithms are included and the library contains almost 100 map projections.