The time has come to create a formal infrastructure to support and promote open source web mapping development and communities. This will be done by providing a common development environment and promoting community activities. Several groups, individuals and developers from the community are collaborating to help launch and sponsor the creation of the foundation. Among those working together are the University of Minnesota MapServer group, MapServer developers, DM Solutions Group, Autodesk and more. See the Open Letter for a complete detailed list. With the creation of this website comes the open invitation for the broader community to join them in this initiative.
The MapServer Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides a framework for open, collaborative development. The foundation also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can donate code and other resources, knowing their contributions will be maintained for public benefit.
For more information, see the Open Letter announcement or the Foundation FAQ.