Yesterday's post pointed out there is a growing body of Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) that can be used for disaster preparedness and response. One such program is GeoMOOSE, which came into being in 2004 as a way for the City of St. Paul to visually monitor and keep track of its robust Public Works infrastructure. Released as Open Source software in 2006, it was subsequently used to create the nation's first local Common Operating Picture (COP) used during a National Special Security Event (NSSE) - the Republican National Convention in 2008. Capable of displaying 100's of layers of data and images as controlled and provided by the data owners in near real-time, it is currently in use by numerous units of state and local government, as well as some small businesses and national governments. In April 2013, GeoMOOSE became one of only 19 software programs officially sanctioned by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), the worldwide FOSS4G governing body. GeoMOOSE example sites can be found below (the internal St. Paul site is now displaying over 300 layers):
Comment: It's absolutely FREE, at least four different vendors can provide support if needed, the cursor's running position is shown in formats which include U.S. National Grid (viewing area lower border bar), a version with an Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) capability has recently been developed, and did I mention, it's absolutely FREE? What is there to not like about that!