MapServer has emerged from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sponsored research at the University of Minnesota to be become one of the most popular Open Source GIS packages available today. The software provides users with the basic tools necessary to build spatially-enabled Web applications using their own data. MapServer integrates with other popular Open Source applications such as PostGIS, Ka-Map and OpenLayers and supports most major Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web service specifications. This chapter details how MapServer came to be, it’s strengths and weaknesses and where it is headed in the future.


Application Programming Interface Environmental System Research Institute Open Geospatial Consortium Geographic Markup Language Common Gateway Interface 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Lime
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  1. 1.Minnesota Department of Natural ResourcesSt. PaulUSA

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