Geotools is a code library which provides methods to manipulate geospatial data. The library is written in the Java programming language. While the library facilitates the creation of maps, by default, Geotools provides almost no Graphical User Interface (GUI) functionality since the library can be used for servers on the World Wide Web, as in Geoserver, or for desktop applications, for example UDig.
The sections below attempt to provide documentation for new users. Unfortunately, this older documentation is a mess, mixing code examples from various different releases. The Geotools team is working on a Users' Manual which will present things more systematically.
Note: This documentation does not yet exist; we are currently working to create it.
Warning:This documentation is poorly organized. We may eventually clean this up but for now we are focusing on documentation for versions 2.2 and 2.3.
- GeoTools is run by the Project Management Committee (PMC) (a group of volunteers who have made significant contributions to the project.)
- GeoTools is managed through an open development process, with public collaboration on new ideas . Project communication is open to all , and we welcome new contributions .
- In 2006, the GeoTools PMC decided to join the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). Since that time, GeoTools has been following the incubation process of OSGeo.
These pages collect information about the GeoTools project and the developers who work on GeoTools. See this page for more information.
Geotools focuses on being a Java library, not an application - though we are pleased to interact and support the development of geospatial applications. The LGPL license is flexible enough for Geotools to be used to create both open source and commercial applications.