GeoMOOSE 2.2 is Released! By GeoMOOSE Project Steering Committee
A new version of GeoMOOSE, an open source web application framework for displaying geographic data, was officially released in February 2010. Version 2.2, available at www.geomoose.org, provides exciting new features that users have been requesting, such as:
New website with more documentation and a redesigned gallery
Implementation of Trac to submit bug and enhancement tickets
New layer types such as Bing Maps, Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, OpenStreetMap tiles and ArcGIS Server Rest services
A new demo application to highlight the additional layer types in a Web Mercator projection
Enhancements to the selection/buffer services and ability to download selection results
Bug fixes to the geocode and popup services
Addition of a feature report service
Addition of a query builder service
Addition of a user extensions framework to add your own code to GeoMOOSE without modifying the core libraries, an example of this is a dynamic zoom service
Addition of custom cursors and scale bars
More catalog presentation options
To get started with GeoMOOSE, simply go to the download page and install the software demo.
Out-of-the-Box demo that is available for download with the GeoMOOSE 2.2 release.
What makes GeoMOOSE unique is that it provides an out-of-the-box solution that makes it easy for non-developers to create web-mapping applications with typical tools such as navigate, search, measure and print. Non-developers only need to be comfortable with configuration files. GeoMOOSE has a number of strengths including modularity and configurability, and it delivers a number of core functionalities in its packages. The project has targeted local government business cases to distribute land records information, but many others have used it for much more. Since GeoMOOSE is an open source project, it has built on other popular open source projects such as OpenLayers (www.openlayers.org) and MapServer (www.mapserver.org).
Please visit the gallery http://www.geomoose.org/gallery to see how people have been using GeoMOOSE or to submit your own application. You can also visit the live demo from the main website link at the top of the page.
We are excited to see this project go from its inception as an application developed by the City of St. Paul, Minnesota, to an FGDC CAP grant project, to a robust open source software project used by hundreds of people across the world in the last three years. We hope you find the investment made by all the developers a resource to the GIS community. We are excited to see this project grow and we envision continued growth as more and more users find it.
We welcome feedback on the GeoMOOSE project and hope you give the software a try.
Contact the project steering committee for more information