Internet Mapping with Geoserver, Postgres, and Openlayers 3
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Internet Mapping with Geoserver, Postgres, and Openlayers 3

Create your first Internet Map Server application using Open Source GIS tools this weekend
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Created by Dr. Arthur Lembo
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn how to install Geoserver,
  • Load GIS data into Geoserver
  • Serve vector, raster, and attribute data on the Internet with Geoserver
  • Serve data stored in Postgres and PostGIS on the Internet
  • Create a client based browser application using OpenLayers 3.0
  • Create an application that allows client and server interaction with GIS data.
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  • We will be serving data from Postgres and PostGIS, so you should have that installed - you can use my Enterprise GIS training video to get up to speed on Postgres and PostGIS.
  • Students should be familiar with some form of scripting (i.e. javascript). It is not critical, but if scripting frightens you, you may want to familiarize yourself with those concepts before taking this course.

Do you want to learn how to build an Internet Map Server application using free and open source GIS?  Do you want that server to display raster, vector and attribute information and perform spatial analysis and database queries over the Internet?  Do you want to learn how to connect your map server to Postgres and PostGIS.  If so, this course is for you.  I will walk you step-by-step through the process of installing Geoserver, loading data, creating server side analytical processes, and finally show you how to render the data on the client side using Openlayers 3.0.  Don't be afraid - this is a painless step-by-step approach that anyone can learn with my course.

When you are done with this course, you'll have the basics down. Now it's up to you to create impressive Internet mapping sites! 

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for people who want to learn how to create Internet Map Server applications.
  • Client server and Internet applications are fairly complicated, so the users should be familiar with using computers and interacting with applications on the Internet.
  • Students should not be afraid to do a little bit of scripting to actually make the maps more responsive.
  • This course is also good for managers who might not want to actually build an Internet Map Server themselves, but might want to learn how it is done so they can communicate better with developers.
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
A quick tour for standing up geoserver
1 Lecture 06:52
Getting Started with Installation and the Geoserver Interface
3 Lectures 23:55

This is a quick lecture to assist you in installing Geoserver.  Most people can figure it out on their own, but I wanted to give you at least some hand-holding along the way.


This is a continuation of the previous lecture.  The screen recording device does not work when an installation script is running, so I made a series of screen shots for you to follow along with.

Installation Walkthrough

Geoserver does a lot of things. In this lecture you'll learn some of the key components to the interface such as logging in, viewing layers, styles, and workspaces.  We'll also learn where Geoserver stores all this information on the hard drive.  

Navigating the Geoserver interface
Bringing Data into Geoserver and Displaying the Results
2 Lectures 27:21

In this section you will bring in your own data to work with Geoserver.  We'll start with shapefiles, as they are pretty easy to work with.  But, we'll eventually make our way over to using data from Postgres. 

Don't forget to download the shapefile data.

Adding, Styling, and Displaying Shapefiles

We are now going to get pretty sophisticated, and begin serving data out of Postgres.  This is the stuff the high paid consultants all do - but don't worry, it's not that hard.  I'm going to show you how to do it.

Don't forget to download the Postgres backup file - that way you can work alongside me.  

Adding, Styling, and Displaying Data from Postgres
Processing Client Requests on the Server
3 Lectures 39:57

In this lecture, you will learn how to create a parameterized SQL view so that you can display information as a result of a query.

Displaying Postgres Data as a SQL View

Serving Data from Geoserver to QGIS
Interacting with Geoserver from the Client with Openlayers 3
7 Lectures 01:17:14

This lecture is short and sweet.  We'll simply bring in an Open Street Map Layer and put it in a map frame.  Under 30 lines of code, but it forms the basis of what we need to start building more sophisticated maps.

Your first map - bringing in Open Street Maps

In this lecture you are going to learn how to bring in our own layers from Geoserver.  These will be static layers, but you'll get the idea of how layers are added. We'll also introduce a new wrinkle: adding a layer with SQL parameters.  

Taking Open Layers Further by Adding Static Layers from Geoserver

Using Openlayers to Request Specific Data from Geoserver

Increasing Flexibility by Using Openlayers to Request Ad-hoc data from Geoserver

Mouse Interaction in Openlayers to Trigger Geoserver Responses

Mouse Interaction in Openlayers with Vector Objects
About the Instructor
Dr. Arthur Lembo
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Dr. Arthur J. Lembo, Jr. is an educator with a passion for GIS and almost 30 years of GIS industry experience.

Currently, Dr. Lembo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geosciences at Salisbury University, where he is also the Technical Director of the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative. Dr. Lembo has published numerous academic papers on GIS, authored a leading textbook on Statistical Problem Solving in Geography, and conducted sponsored research for organizations like the National Science Foundation, NASA, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Kellogg Foundation.