Sven Geggus

Map Rendering Beyond Mapnik

A Presentation of the Two Major FOSS Alternatives: Mapserver and Geoserver


Discussing map rendering and tile servers in a group of OpenStreetMap activists makes it sound as if there is only one software in the world that can be used to do this job - namely, Mapnik.

This talk will focus on the two Major FOSS alternatives, which are less well known outside the FOSSGIS/OSGeo community even though they predate Mapnik: Geoserver and Mapserver.

I will show some simple rendering examples for both of them (and Mapnik as a reference), and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each particular software.

About the author

Sven Geggus is a long-time GIS and open source evangelist, and sysadmin of a couple of servers.