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GeoServer Beginner's Guide

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  • Install GeoServer quickly
  • Access your dynamic real-time geospatial data which you can easily integrate into your own web-based application.
  • Create custom styles for lines, points, and polygons for great looking maps
  • Command GeoServer remotely using REST
  • Tune your GeoServer instance for performance
  • Move GeoServer into production
  • Learn advanced topics to extend GeoServer's capabilities

GeoServer is an open source server-side software written in Java that allows users to share and edit geospatial data. Designed for interoperability, it publishes data from any major spatial data source using open standards. 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.

GeoServer Beginner’s Guide gives you a kick start to build custom maps using your data without the need for costly commercial software licenses and restrictions. Even if you do not have prior GIS knowledge, you will be able to make interactive maps after reading this book.

You will install GeoServer, access your data from a database, style points, lines, polygons, and labels to impress site visitors with real-time maps.

Follow along through a step-by-step guide that installs GeoServer in minutes. Explore the web-based administrative interface to connect to backend data stores such as MySQL, PostGIS, MSSQL, and Oracle. Display your data on web-based interactive maps, style lines, points, polygons, and embed images to visualize this data for your web visitors. Walk away from this book with a working application ready for production.

After reading the GeoServer Beginner’s Guide, you will have beautiful, custom maps on your website built using your geospatial data.

  • Learn free and open source geospatial mapping without prior GIS experience
  • Share real-time maps quickly
  • Learn step-by-step with ample amounts of illustrations and usable code/list
Page Count 350
Course Length 10 hours 30 minutes
Date Of Publication 21 Feb 2013
What is GIS about?
The foundation of any GIS – spatial data
Understanding coordinate systems
Representing geometrical shapes
Modeling the real world with raster data
Representing the world
Time for action – exploring OpenStreetMap
Adding more colors to your maps
Time for action – making your thematic map
Installing Java
Time for action – checking the presence of Java on Windows
Time for action – checking the presence of Java on Ubuntu
Time for action – installing JRE on Windows
Time for action – installing JRE on Ubuntu
Installing Apache Tomcat
Time for action – installing Apache Tomcat on Windows
Time for action – installing Apache Tomcat on Ubuntu
Time for action – configuring Tomcat as a service on Ubuntu
Installing GeoServer
Time for action – deploying GeoServer on Tomcat
Implementing basic security
Time for action – improving security settings
Understanding the interface
About & Status
Time for action – manually reloading configuration
Time for action – OpenLayers preview
Time for action – KML preview
Time for action – creating a workspace
Time for action – limiting the SRS list from WMS
Time for action – changing your logging configuration
Tile Caching
Time for action – exploring Demo requests
Time for action – filtering the projection list
Layer types
Time for action – exploring OpenLayers options
Exploring the Web Map Service output formats
Web Feature Service
Time for action – parsing GeoJSON
Extra output options
Time for action – using the GetFeatureInfo freemarker template
Using WMS Reflector
Time for action – using WMS Reflector
Configuring your data
Configuring vector data sources
Time for action – adding shapefiles
Time for action – installing PostgreSQL and PostGIS
Time for action – loading data in PostGIS and publishing them in GeoServer
Configuring raster data sources
Exploring additional data sources
Time for action – adding Oracle support in GeoServer
Time for action – adding MySQL data source
Understanding Styled Layer Descriptor
Editing styles
Exploring the standard structure of a style
Time for action – viewing GeoServer bundled styles
Loading data for styling
Working with point symbols
Time for action – creating a simple point style
Time for action – adding a stroke value
Time for action – dealing with angles and transparency
Time for action – composing simple shapes
Time for action – using external graphics
Linestring symbols
Time for action – creating a simple line style
Time for action – adding a border and a centerline
Time for action – using hatching
Time for action – using dashed lines
Time for action – mixing dashing lines and markers
Working with polygon symbols
Time for action – creating a simple polygon style
Time for action – using a graphic filling
Time for action – using hatching with polygons
Adding labels
Time for action – labeling points
Time for action – labeling lines
Time for action – labeling polygons
Thematic mapping
Time for action – classifying roads
Setting visibility
Time for action – enhancing thematic roads map
Putting it all together
Time for action – grouping layers
Exploring Google Maps API
Time for action – adding a GeoServer layer as overlay
Time for action – adding a GeoServer layer as a base layer
Time for action – adding a GeoServer cached layer as overlay
Time for action – customizing Google basemap
Time for action – intercepting the Click event
Using OpenLayers
Time for action – integrating GeoServer and OpenLayers
Time for action – using GeoRSS with OpenLayers
Exploring Leaflet
Time for action – using Leaflet with GeoServer layers
Exploring GeoWebCache
Time for action – configuring GeoWebCache storage
Time for action – configuring Disk Quota
Setting caching defaults
Configuring gridsets
Time for action – creating a custom gridset
Configuring tile layers
Time for action – configuring layers and layer groups for caching
Time for action – using tiles with OpenLayers
Time for action – seeding a layer
Using an external GeoWebCache
Introducing REST
Using REST
Time for action – installing the Requests library
Managing data
Time for action – managing workspaces
Time for action – managing data stores
Time for action – adding a new shapefile
Time for action – adding a PostGIS table
Publishing data
Time for action – adding a new style
Time for action – managing layers
Basic security settings
Time for action – enabling strong encryption
Time for action – changing the master password
Defining users, groups, and roles
Time for action – creating users and groups
Time for action – defining roles
Accessing data and services
Time for action – securing layers
Tuning Java
Time for action – configuring Java runtime parameters
Time for action – installing native JAI
Removing unused services
Time for action – disabling unused services
Setting a proxy
Time for action – configuring a proxy
Avoiding service faults
Time for action – configuring a cluster
Going beyond maps
Time for action – retrieving vector data
Time for action – retrieving raster data
Getting help


Brian Youngblood

Brian Youngblood is a open source developer living in Montgomery, AL with more than a decade of experience developing, integrating, and managing high traffic websites. Brian was the Online Operations Manager and Technical Lead at the Southern Poverty Law Center for over 12 years. The SPLC is a nationally recognized nonprofit, and its websites SPLCenter.org and Tolerance.org have continued to get sharp increases in visitors year-on-year, resulting in growth in its online operations with open source. The SPLC won two Webby Awards in 2002 and 2004. Brian was also the founding partner and Chief Technology Officer for IntelliTours, a GPS-guided multimedia tour. He worked with several companies developing hardware and software including Alcorn McBride, Volkswagen, and Garmin. His work explored San Diego, Santa Cruz, Hawaii, and miles and miles of I-95 on the East Coast. Most notably, his work was featured on the cover of Entertainment Engineering magazine, Martha Stewart radio, the LA Times, and NPR. Embracing the spirit of other open source communities such as Drupal, and a combined passion for scalable GIS solutions, led him to adopt GeoServer for rapidly changing geospatial data stores. You can contact him at brian@brianyoungblood.com or follow him on twitter @brianyoungblood.

Stefano Iacovella

Stefano Iacovella is a long-time GIS developer and consultant living in Rome, Italy. He also works as a GIS courses instructor, and he has a PhD. in Geology. Being a very curious person, he developed a deep knowledge of IT technologies, mainly focused on GIS software and related standards. Starting his career as an ESRI employee, he was exposed to and became confident with proprietary GIS software, mainly the ESRI suite of products. In the last 14 years, he has become more and more involved with Open Source software, also integrating it with proprietary software. He loves the Open Source approach and really trusts in the collaboration and sharing of knowledge. He strongly believes in the Open Source idea and constantly manages to spread it out, not limiting it to the GIS sector. He has been using GeoServer since release 1.5 by configuring, deploying, and hacking it on several projects. Other GFOSS projects he uses and likes are GDAL/OGR, PostGIS, QGIS, and OpenLayers. He is the author of the GeoServer Cookbook, which consists of a set of recipes to use GeoServer at an advanced level, by Packt, and he has also authored the first edition of this book. When not playing with maps and geometric shapes, he loves reading about science, mainly Physics and Maths, riding his bike, and having fun with his wife and two daughters, Alice and Luisa.