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Autodesk Announces Availability of New FDO Providers: Geospatial Open Source Community to Drive Faster Innovation

Furthering its commitment to providing the geospatial open source community with faster innovation and support for standards worldwide, Autodesk announced the availability of new providers developed on Feature Data Object (FDO) open data access technology. FDO technology, originally created by Autodesk and now a fully endorsed project in the open source community through the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), allows users to store, retrieve, update, and analyze geospatial data…

Furthering its commitment to providing the geospatial open source community with faster innovation and support for standards worldwide, Autodesk announced the availability of new providers developed on Feature Data Object (FDO) open data access technology. FDO technology, originally created by Autodesk and now a fully endorsed project in the open source community through the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), allows users to store, retrieve, update, and analyze geospatial data.

The new providers include two new Autodesk FDO Providers: Autodesk FDO Provider for GE Smallworld and Autodesk FDO Provider for Microsoft SQL Server 2008, which are now available through the Autodesk subscription program for AutoCAD Map 3D and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise. The FDO Provider for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 will also become available on OSGeo through the FDO open source project.

In addition, new FDO Providers for IBM Informix, KML, and PostGIS have been developed by the open source community. The latest FDO Providers allow customers to take advantage of the native support for additional spatial data formats—and let users more easily access, view, edit and analyze data—within Autodesk geospatial software.

The announcement was made today at the annual Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference in Cape Town, South Africa, where geospatial open source developers and users join to learn, present and network. “As a development partner, we appreciate the impact that open source technology has had for increased community collaboration and rapid innovation,” said Haris Kurtagic, CEO, SL-King. “By providing the open source community the ability to work seamlessly on a variety of spatial and non-spatial databases and file formats natively, without the need for translation or risk of data loss, we further the success of the geospatial community as a whole.”

“Today’s announcement underscores our commitment to our geospatial customers and the open source community,” said Lisa Campbell, vice president, Autodesk Geospatial. “Autodesk continues to partner and work closely with the community to help these technologies gain adoption—and evolve and improve over time. Ultimately, users benefit from faster innovation and support for standards allowing them to lower the cost of ownership by easily integrating multiple data types and database systems.”

By Itamar Medeiros

I'm a Strategist, Branding Specialist, Experience Designer, Speaker, and Workshop Facilitator based in Germany, where I work as Director of Design Strategy and Systems at SAP and visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, I've helped truly global companies in several countries (Brazil, China, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, The United Arab Emirates, United States, Hong Kong) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles.

During my 7 years in China, I've promoted the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai.

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