[mapserver-dev] Expanding the MapServer Project

Stephen Woodbridge woodbri at swoodbridge.com
Thu Mar 24 14:15:35 EDT 2011

+1 with bring both these under the mapserver umbrella

mod_geocache is a really good fit because this functionality was planned 
to be embedded in 6.0, but Thomas' implementation is much more generic 
because it works without alteration of mapserver and it can work with 
many other products adding value to the whole OSGEO landscape.

TinyOWS is an excellent tool, that has languished in my opinion because 
it is very small and not well known or supported.

I think the fit with mapserver is particularly good because these are 
server side components focused in the same ecosystem of serving GIS data 
in a variety of formats and supporting OGC standards.

I believe these also both have compatible licensing terms or hopefully 
they can be re-license under the same terms as mapserver.

I would like to see these two move forward if all parties are willing 
but hold off on considering more until with figure out how well this 
works. As you mention there is a lot to be done.

-Steve W

On 3/24/2011 12:47 PM, Lime, Steve D (DNR) wrote:
> Hi All: Wanted to drop folks a note about a topic that came up over
> beers in Montreal. It has to do with expanding the core functionality
> the “project” can deliver by bring a few select external projects in
> under the MapServer umbrella. The two we were thinking about initially
> are mod_geocache (for tiling support) and TinyOWS (for basic WFS-T).
> Why? Well, beyond the technical connections to MapServer there are
> several reasons.
> For MapServer users this would provide a more complete set of
> functionality on the server-side than is currently available. Instead of
> sending folks to an tilecache or whatever for tiling, and GeoServer for
> WFS-T we could provide much of that functionality as part of the core.
> That’s not to say that folks couldn’t or wouldn’t want to use the
> external solutions but in many cases we could deliver a complete solution.
> For these external projects moving into MapServer provides a home. Both
> of the projects mentioned are relatively small and MapServer would help
> establish a user base for them and hopefully increase their level of
> adoption. I think it could also attract new developers, at the very
> least those with commit rights for MapServer. This will also promote (or
> perhaps even force) tighter integration with MapServer core. An initial
> idea is pulling mapfile handling out into a libmapfile that could be
> used and maintained cooperatively.
> Bringing projects into MapServer is not a trivial activity and would
> take some time. We’re thinking it would involve tasks such as:
> - Vetting source and licensing of incoming projects (e.g. akin to OSGEO
> incubation)
> - Source, testing and build environment restructuring
> - Integration/migration of svn and trac (or the like) environments
> - Integration/migration of websites and documentation
> Finally, the MapServer PSC would become the governing organization for
> these new pieces. As a result, it would make sense to add the project
> leads for each project to the PSC (Thomas Bonfort (mod_geocache) is
> already a member).
> This is the first significant project restructuring for MapServer, but I
> think it makes sense and positions MapServer as more than just a map
> maker. Thoughts?
> Steve
> (Note: I shared this privately with the MapServer PSC to gauge interest
> and was encouraged to bring it to the –dev list…)
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