WebMapping application using PostGIS, Geoserver and GeoExt – Part 1

WebMapping application using PostGIS, Geoserver and GeoExt – Part 1
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In this tutorial we will discover step by step how to Publish data for a WebMapping application using PostGIS and Geoserver.

GeoServer allows you to display your spatial information to the world. Implementing the Web Map Service (WMS) standard, GeoServer can create maps in a variety of output formats. OpenLayers, a free mapping library, is integrated into GeoServer, making map generation quick and easy. GeoServer is built on Geotools, an open source Java GIS toolkit.

There is much more to GeoServer than nicely styled maps, though. GeoServer also conforms to the Web Feature Service (WFS) standard, which permits the actual sharing and editing of the data that is used to generate the maps. Others can incorporate your data into their websites and applications, freeing your data and permitting greater transparency.

Data used in this tutorial are about fire stations ( fire stations, city limits and streets)

  1. Download used shapefiles from this link : Shapfiles.rar
  2. Install PostgreSQL and PostGIS
  3. Create a Geodatabase in PostgreSQL
  4. Import shapefiles into created database
  5. Download and Install Geoserver
  6. Publish layers in Geoserver

Use the links above to download softwares :

– PostgreSQL : http://goo.gl/uJhujD
– Geoserver : http://goo.gl/uvKxz3
– Java SE Runtime Environment : http://goo.gl/nU8iUy

In the next tutorials, we will see how to use published data in a webmapping application using OpenLayers and GeoExt.

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