GeoServer is an open source server-side software written in Java and allows users to share and edit geospatial data. Designed for interoperability, it publishes data from any major spatial data source using open standards. 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.
In this Volume you will cover the foundations of GeoServer so that you understand how GeoServer works. We will start by exploring the software platform on which GeoServer runs, including the operating system, Java runtime, and the other libraries on which GeoServer depends; you will learn about the minimum recommended specifications and JRE dependencies. Next you will learn to troubleshoot problems that may occur in a GeoServer installation before they happen; you will also learn how to choose the type of installation for GeoServer in order to optimize your experience. Further you will be guided through installing GeoServer on your chosen platform, learning not just how to install GeoServer, but what exactly you've installed.
After installation, you will learn about the default web mapping API for GeoServer, OpenLayers, how to test it, and how to make your first OpenLayers web map on your local file system.
Finally you will learn about GeoServer data stores, adding data in GeoServer, and how to create data stores from local and external resources in a variety of formats using GeoServer management features.
This video course will provide a step–by-step guide to understanding the foundations of GeoServer and how it works. You will cover GeoServer fundamentals and its environment, GeoServer installation and setup, creating your first OpenLayers Web map application and GeoServer data stores, and adding data in GeoServer. At the end of this volume you will understand the fundamentals of GeoServer, and how to publish a variety of data stores, and how they will be deployed through HTML web page-embedded OpenLayers maps.
About The Author :
Ben Mearns, an expert on geospatial data, lives on a farm in Pennsylvania. He was previously the Lead Geospatial Information Consultant at University of Delaware where he – as the senior GIS professional charged with leading, developing, and advising on GIS solutions – developed a GeoServer-based campus mapping system. While at UD, he also led classes, lectured, and facilitated workshops on GIS, web development, data science, open software and data, and other technologies. He has held GIS and data positions at the University of Pennsylvania Cartographic Modeling Lab, Princeton University Department of Sociology, and Macalester College Department of Geography, as well as numerous IT consulting relationships with clients in a variety of fields.
Explore the hardware environments.
Learn how to get the Geoserver up and running on Windows.
Understand how to run Geoserver on the Linux platform and how to use Tomcat instead of Jetty. Also, learn how to add plugins with the help of a practical demo.
Get started using Geoserver – running it for the first time and logging in to the Geoserver web administration interface.
Learn how to use the popular OpenLayers and tools to assist in its development.
Know about the Layer Preview page in the Geoserver web administration interface and how to use it as a vital resource for web app development.
Understand how to customize a web app by downloading it onto a local file system with write access.
Create a custom OpenLayers for your web app.
Understand gridded raster formats requirements and some extra considerations.
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