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Mapnik is an open source map rendering application used extensively within OpenStreetMap related projects.
Mapnik provide high quality presentation for a wide range of geographic data. It can read ESRI shapes, PostGIS and TIFF raster as well as OpenStreetMap data. It is used to render map images for OpenStreetMap, OpenCycleMap and Freemap and many other projects. Mapnik is a released under the LGPL (Lesser General Public Licence).
Mapnik has been developed by Artem Pavlenko since 2005. Artem now has his own independent consultancy specialising in geospatial technologies - mapnik-consulting.