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Introduction to OpenSource WebMapping: Beyond Google Maps
Julien-Samuel Lacroix, Mapgears
Regardless of industry, over 80% of the data that we work with have a spatial reference and mapping is a simple and effective way to view it, be it at the heart of the solution or only a small component of it.
Beyond the free Google Maps API and its competitors, the world of open source geospatial offers a suite of tools enabling you to push the boundaries of web mapping. Having in hand a full range of software, a company can fully exploit its spatial data by integrating this essential component that is the map to its solution.
This presentation offers an introduction to the open source geospatial world with an overview of the various software packages available and a description of how to make them fit your needs.
Julien-Samuel Lacroix is a software developer and co-founder of Mapgears. He has been working with Open Source Geospatial software since 2002 and has developed with a lot of different technologies since then. As a MapServer commiter, he is also involved in many projects around it.