This paper describes gvSIG project, from its beginning until the current status. This open source project, started as a first approach to become the open source geographic information system of the administration in Valencia region and has become a reference project within the GIS world from the proprietary level applications until open source projects. gvSIG has cross many country borders and chase to reach the status of an “all-in” application, with an integrated behaviour unifying CAD and GIS worlds, vector and raster, integrating local data work with Spatial data infrastructure information and services, two dimensions world with 3D and 4D, building a tool used by GIS users at all levels.
Key words: SDI, OGC, open source, interoperability, desktop clients
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