Reference Work Entry

Encyclopedia of GIS

pp 1197-1205

University of Minnesota (UMN) Map Server

  • Ranga Raju VatsavaiAffiliated withComputational Sciences and Engineering Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • , Thomas E. BurkAffiliated withDepartment of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
  • , Steve LimeAffiliated withMinnesota Department of Natural Resources


MapServ; UMN MapServer; WebGIS


Recent efforts on exploiting the Web to disseminate geographic information to the general public using the Internet has resulted in a new breed of specialized geographic information systems, generally called WebGISes or mapservers. A mapserver can broadly be defined as a software platform for dynamically generating spatially referenced (digital) map products from geo-spatial data. It is an integrated tool for building and serving WebGIS applications. The University of Minnesota MapServer or UMN-MapServer, or simply MapServer, is one such system. It was originally developed as part of a research project at the University of Minnesota. Although it is still supported and distributed through the University of Minnesota, it has evolved into an international Open Source project, utilizing Open Source GIS libraries developed by experts from around the world. MapServer is not only an immensely popular Open source devel ...

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