2005 Governor's Commendation

This year's Minnesota Governor's Commendation award for GIS was presented at the GIS/LIS Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota, October 4, 2005 to:

  • MapServer: MapServer is an open-source development system for building web-based mapping applications and services. It was developed locally and now some 20 developers from around the world are contributing to the source code. MapServer has revolutionized the world of web-mapping by making commercial quality, high-performance software available at no cost. Presently more than 1,500 copies are being downloaded a month. This past June, its third annual user group meeting drew more than 300 people to Minneapolis; next year’s conference will be held in Switzerland. Users range from non-profits, to government organizations, to universities, to commercial businesses.

    More information about MapServer, including a sample gallery of applications, is available at http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu

    Award recipients were: 

    • The Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota

    • Steve Lime, MapServer's creator and lead developer