[OSGeo-Discuss] New Project.

Arnulf Christl arnulf.christl at wheregroup.com
Sat Mar 3 08:42:35 PST 2007

Bob Basques wrote:
> All,
> The MOOSE project has been working with essentially the same philosophy, 
> with regards to normalizing the code into distinct Chunks, which make 
> the mixing and matching very easy.  Integrating services into it are 
> very easy for example.
> I think our coding style is very much aligned with other groups, more 
> actually than I thought a few weeks ago.
> This is a very thought provoking conversation for me too.  It's getting 
> me thinking about how to describe the MOOSE project a bit better and 
> describe it's strengths.
> bobb

Hi Bobb,
just because it has not been mentioned yet, talking of diversity... The project Mapbender is a managed web mapping application framework - it is a server to create clients, think of a CMS for spatial data services. 

The scope of Mapbender is to manage hundreds of WMS layers and dozens of WFS-t features. Many spatial data infrastructures in European public administrations are managed (or "orchestrated" as OGC would say) with Mapbender. This includes building a Capabilities cache, auto update functionality for meta data, user and permission management, toolbars, digitizing functionality and all kinds of things you need for web mapping. 

The long term goal of Mapbedner development is to include or connect to other OSGeo projects like OpenLayers that will be the map "control" of Mapbender. Through OGC interfaces there already is a lot of meta-level interaction with MapServer, GeoServer, PostGIS - all at different levels of involvement with OSGeo. Mapbender will probably develop more in direction of security and management as that is something we are still missing completely in the OSGeo stack and OGC does not address it either (except from the limited DRM perspective). 

I checked the demo link you sent around. If those maps were published as a WMS service (maybe they are, have a link?) I could whip up a demo site within minutes so that you can have a look around. I guess we will be doing this kind of thing on a big scale at FOSS4G. Might be interesting for you to find out where MOOSE would fit in to potentially "fill a hole".

Best regards, 

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>  >>> Schuyler Erle <schuyler at nocat.net> wrote:
> * On  1-Mar-2007 at  2:11AM PST, Cameron Shorter said:
>  >
>  > As Chris noted, Mapbuilder is in the process of merging OpenLayers into
>  > its codebase. This involves throwing away a lot of our original code,
>  > but at the same time, makes Mapbuilder a more robust product because we
>  > can focus on other areas.
> And by that same token, we've tried very hard to make it possible to
> separate out only the pieces of OpenLayers you want, and leave out the
> parts you don't.
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