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MapServer is an open source platform for publishing spatial data and creating interactive mapping applications to the web. It has been in existence since the mid 90’s and is recognized as mature and stable, with ongoing active development. Its primary focus is producing maps from multiple layers including base imagery and spatial data sets. It also provides intelligent labeling with advanced typography and layout including collision-detection. It can read and serve spatial data in a variety of formats including Shapefiles, WMS, GDAL, PostGIS, and GeoTIFF. It is often used to produce map tiles along with its MapCache extensions. It has libraries that enable application development in a variety of languages including Python, Perl, Ruby, Java, and PHP.

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