[Proj] RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] Brief history of GIS OSS (bit offtopic?)

Mateusz Loskot mateusz at loskot.net
Thu Aug 21 06:44:58 PDT 2008

Rafal Wawer wrote:
> Thank you Markus,
> I will teach FOSS4G upcoming days. The article appeared right on time  
> for me to include it in the references (-;
> Hopefully it will develop to cover most of the existing FOSS4G projects. 
> A roadmap of FOSS4G projects?


Recently, I've been writing a small article about FOSS in GIS with focus 
on Python applications and researched the history a bit. Here is a list 
of dates I've identified:

late 70's - begin of Map Overlay and Statistical System (MOSS)

late 80's - US Army starts Geographic Resources Analysis Support System 

1998 - GDAL initial revision in CVS

2000 - GDAL gets Python support

2000 - Atlantis Scientific starts OpenEV

2000 - MapServer initial revision in CVS

2001 - OSSIM initial revision in CVS

2002 - Intevation starts Thuban projects

2002 - Quantum GIS initial revision in CVS

2002 - GEOS initial revision in CVS

2002 - MapServer gets Python support

2002 - AVPython for ArcView 3.x published as FOSS

2006 - MapBender gets first bits in CVS

Certainly, only a small part of FOSS4G projects are listed.

Best regards,
Mateusz Loskot, http://mateusz.loskot.net
Charter Member of OSGeo, http://osgeo.org

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