MapServer User Group Restructures
The Twin Cities MapServer User Group is becoming the Twin Cities, Minnesota chapter of OSGeo (the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, http://www.osgeo.org/content/foundation/about.html).
The chapter’s mission is to build upon the mission and goals of OSGeo by providing local networking and support opportunities and by advocating for Open Source GIS software and OSGeo initiatives through regional groups and conferences.
The Twin Cities MapServer Users Group (TCMUG) was formed alongside the organizing committee for MUM3/OSG '05 in Fall 2004. TCMUG has met near monthly since that time with a mix of social gatherings and technical presentations hosted at various locations around the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
TCMUG is made up of people representing government, non-profit, academic, and private interests. Members of TCMUG are active in several areas within OSGeo. In addition, TCMUG has a strong presence in state and regional GIS initiatives through MetroGIS, the Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information, and the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium as well as work with Federal Geographic Data Committee grant-funded projects such as the OpenMNND project. Members of TCMUG are active users and developers and have provided a forum in the region not just for MapServer, but also many other Open Source GIS packages.
The group plans to:
- Continue to hold near monthly meetings
- Advocate for the use of Open Source GIS at regional and state levels
- Maintain an OSGeo presence at conferences, in particular the Minnesota GIS/LIS annual conference
- Help act as a breeding ground for new projects
For more information or to join the chapter’s email list, see the group’s website: http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Twin_Cities or contact David Bitner at email@example.com or 612-725-6156.