RFC 2: GeoMoose Project Mission (What is GeoMoose)


Eli Adam, Brent Fraser


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This document describes the GeoMoose Project Mission. The mission of GeoMoose is to provide a complete, easy to use web application, building on other OSGeo Projects where possible.


  • GeoMoose is a web mapping application that comes with a working demo that can be changed to work with your data.

  • GeoMoose offers an optional but often desirable server side component (MS/PHP for printing, buffer, other functions) which constitute a complete application.

  • GeoMoose is simple to install and flexible.

  • GeoMoose is modular and configurable (configuration is done by an XML control file).

  • GeoMoose is a framework including a rich, highly customizable API and web services architecture upon which you can build.

  • GeoMoose’s primary users are GIS professionals, server administrators, or system implementers. Most are not professional web programmers.

  • The GeoMoose project will use the website (http://geomoose.org) as a representation of the current status of the project including the mission, coding standards, documentation, FAQ, and other relevant information.

Observations (Why we need a Mission Statement)

  • Formally adopting a mission provides a good foundation from which to make GeoMoose project decisions.

  • Goals and objectives can be used as guidance when deciding to change features and which changes require RFCs

  • Stating clear goals and objectives makes them easily and widely accessible.

  • Clear goals and objectives will make it easy for potential users and developers to decide if they want to participate.

  • This also requires the existence of an FAQ that covers filing bugs, requesting enhancements, asking questions, contributing funding, other GeoMoose project operations, etc.

  • This formalizes some things that are mostly already covered on the website or informally established.

Voting History

Passed on 5/1/2012 with PSC +1 votes from Brian, Dan, Jim, Brent, and Eli