WorldMap’s mission is to improve Harvard researcher’s access to GIS data and tools. Because much of the best data is hosted outside Harvard, WorldMap takes the approach of providing the global community with a platform that people both inside and outside Harvard will use to publish, share and connect their own data layers with other data available publicly online. 

WorldMap’s business model follows from this approach:  Individuals or groups inside or outside Harvard contribute funding to develop specific capabilities of the system that meets their particular needs; then everyone else can use those for free. "First ask, first pay." 

CGA is currently working with Zhejiang University in China and Ritsumeikan University in Japan on enhancements to the system to support new collaboration platforms based on WorldMap.

Special Thanks...

Until recently WorldMap was hosted on Amazon AWS. Now Massachusettes Open Cloud (MOC) is providing hosting.  Thank you MOC! 

George Mason University's public cloud group is now hosting Map Warper. Thank you GMU!

WorldMap also benefits from the global Open Source developer community by building on core projects such as Django, GeoNode, GeoServer, OpenLayers, ExtJS, GeoNetwork, PostGIS, and GDAL.