About MapWindow GIS and DotSpatial
The open source MapWindow GIS project is the most widely used open source GIS specifically for the Windows operating system.
Built tightly on the Microsoft .NET Framework, MapWindow is closely integrated with Windows to give users a seamless end-user experience. MapWindow is free and the source code and libraries are available for use by third party developers of GIS software. MapWindow has over 7000 downloads per month, translations in multiple languages, and a worldwide development team.
DotSpatial includes work by the MapWindow team on a .NET only (C#) programmer API (previously called the MapWindow 6 project) now expanded to include a number of other open source components. DotSpatial aspires to be an alternative to ESRI's ArcObjects programming API.
Because the MapWindow 2011 conference has been expanded to include all OSGeo DotNet projects so you will have the opportunity to learn more about many other interesting open source GIS efforts at this meeting.
This conference served a number of purposes for different participants:
- Workshops were attended on the use of the MapWindow desktop application and developer workshops on plugin authoring, ActiveX application development, and building custom applicatins with DotSpatial .NET libraries.
- Work was presented based on the MapWindow project components and tools and ideas and experiences were shared. with the rest of the community.
- All of the key players in the MapWindow, DotSpatial, and related projects were met. Ideas and insights were shared. Opportunities to collaborate with other users and developers were found. Business contacts in the open source GIS community were built.
Click here to view photos of the MapWindow 2011 Conference!
- Day 1: Monday, 13 June 2011 - Plenary sessions included introduction of the various projects and key team members. General session including technical presentations. Workshops on various topics
- Day 2: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 – More technical sessions and paper presentations by conference attendees were in the morning followed by four concurrent workshops on different topics in the afternoon.
- Day 3: Wednesday, 15 June 2011 – Applications of open source GIS discussions and presentations were in the morning followed by four concurrent workshops in the afternoon.
Each day also included ample opportunities for networking and viewing/giving software demos. There was also a conference banquet on Tuesday evening and a guest brunch on Tuesday morning .
The conference was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel - San Diego. This hotel is just minutes away from the San Diego International Airport (SAN) and is near many of Southern California's most popular attractions including the world renowned San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Sea World, Legoland, and the Pacific Ocean beaches.