If you spend any time with Public Works’ Geographic Information Systems staff, you won’t be surprised to learn that they were recently recognized by their peers for their continuing work on the city’s GeoMoose-based mapping service and data management system, known affectionately as GISmo.
“It’s very satisfying to know that our peers at the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium took notice of our work on GeoMoose these past few years,” said GeoMoose data librarian Cory Richter, noting that it was the Consortium that called the Public Works team to the Governor’s attention.
So what makes this recognition notable? It’s notable because the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), an international organization formed to promote the growth of open source geospatial software, has certified GeoMoose as an official foundation project. GeoMoose is one of only 10 web mapping systems from the international community to receive this designation.
Ours is a world where accurate, comprehensive mapping data is in high demand, and it’s vital for governments and individuals to have easy, affordable access to said information. GeoMoose offers a range of mapping tools that are transportable across web browsers, with more layers and more options.
When asked about the next step for this data discovery tool, Bob Basques, GeoMoose originator, responded, “We’ll be adding in more capabilities to GeoMoose and GISmo over the next few months. Other users of the GeoMoose package are seeing the benefits of its use and we’re eager to stay ahead of the curve.”
For now we’ll let the GeoMoose team, which includes developers Jim Klassen and designer Dan Little, bask in the glow of a job well done.