A quick guide for setting up GeoServer and serving geospatial datasets as Web Services

One the most important component of a Web GIS application is the GIS Server. A GIS Server is a software that listens for specific request (by clients). These requests could be for different services (i.e. OGC compliant) like getMap request etc. A GIS server loads a dataset (e.g. a shape file or a Geo-Tiff) renders it, cut image into tiles and sends it back to the requesting client. Every time a client pans or zooms, GIS server receives requests and sends image tiles as response.

There are various Open Source options to choose for a GIS Server (i.e.https://www.gislounge.com/open-source-gis-applications), however this tutorial will focus onGeoServer (http://geoserver.org/), which is one of the most commonly used frameworks. GeoServer has an edge over others because of its administration tool i.e. web based administration interface and its simplicity deploying a dataset as a WMS, which make it an ideal option for beginners in the WebGIS industry.

Spatial Information dissemination and integration inside the majority of information frameworks was cultivated by innovative technological advances. As of not long ago, spatial data was conveyed by means of paper, settled electronic media (CD-ROMs or DVDs) or system based electronic media. Today, GIS services are utilized to transmit spatial data over the web.

The advances in Information and Communication Technologies have changed the way in which spatial data are distributed. Today, Web GIS is utilized to disseminate maps over the Internet. Spatial Information tends to be created, stored and managed by local providers, however it is available to various clients anyplace and whenever. This approach empowers a client application to get to spatial data across different networks and sources.


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Scope of the course

The scope of this tutorial is to familiarize beginners or newcomers to the WebGIS industry about WebGIS development frameworks. This guide outlines the configuration procedure for getting GeoServer installed and setup to serve geospatial datasets as a Web Service.
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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Setting up GeoServer on Windows Environment

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  • 02

    Introduction to GeoServer Web Interface

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  • 03

    Working with Vector Spatial Data

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    • Lesson 6: About Workspaces
    • Lesson 7: Create Workspace
    • Lesson 8: About Stores
    • Lesson 9: Import Vector Data to Store
    • Lesson 10: Publish Vector Data to Geoserver
    • Lesson 11: Web Map Service (WMS)
    • Lesson 12: Serving Cascading WMS
    • Lesson 13: Web Feature Service (WFS)
    • Lesson 14: Differences WMS and WFS
    • Lesson 15: Layer Preview in GeoServer
    • Lesson 16: Connect and Work with QGIS (Part-1)
    • Lesson 17: Connect and Work with QGIS (Part-2) FREE PREVIEW
    • Lesson 18: Create Layer Group
  • 04

    Working with Raster Data

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  • 05

    Layer Styling

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    • Lesson 23: Basic Concepts FREE PREVIEW
    • Lesson 24: Styling Point Features
    • Lesson 25: Styling Line Features
    • Lesson 26: Styling Polygon Features
    • Lesson 27: GeoServer Basic Vector Styling
    • Lesson 28: Exporting SLD from QGIS
    • Lesson 29: Styling Raster Data
    • Lesson 30: GeoServer Basic Raster Styling
  • 06

    Introduction to GeoExplorer

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    • Lesson 31: Introducing GeoExplorer
    • Lesson 32: Installation and Set Up
    • Lesson 33: Introduction to GeoExplorer and Connectivity with Geoserver
  • 07

    Conclusions

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What will you learn?

  • Basic WebGIS terminology

  • Familiarize with one of the most commonly used WebGis Server in the market

  • Integrate Web services to your desktop GIS

  • Set up a WebGIS ready environment on a Windows Machine

  • Publish spatial data using OGC services

  • Build a basic WebGIS portal

Any Prerequisites?

  • A basic understanding of GIS aspects

  • A low/mid-range desktop/laptop to follow up the tutorial

  • A basic understanding of Web based architectures

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I'm a Remote Sensing and a Surveying Engineer. I received my degree from NTUA in 2010, where I also received my Ph.D. in hyperspectral remote sensing in 2016. From graduation in 2010, my career started as a Researcher Associate and Teaching Associate in the Laboratory of Remote Sensing of NTUA. From that time I also worked at several private companies as a Remote Sensing Expert and Geospatial Analyst. From the beginning of 2015 I was positioned as Senior Earth Observation Expert. During these years, I have participated in more than 20 funded European Commission and European Space Agency projects, have over 16 peer reviewed scientific publications in the field of Remote Sensing, and have an international patent in hyperspectral data compression.My main research and professional interests are in the optical remote sensing area, where I specialize in data (images, point measurements) processing and algorithm design and development. Some of the software tools that I operate to accomplish my research and business dreams are SNAP, ENVI, IDL, QGIS, ERDAS Imagine, ArcGIS, and Python. I have been working with these tools since 2008.

Dimitris Sykas

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