Blueprint for Creating an Open Source Web Map

Community member Michelle Ballinger has put together a short tutorial on creating an open source web map using GeoServer.

This tutorial is designed for a beginner and is easy to follow. The steps she uses are:

  1. Creating and editing data with QGIS
  2. Designing SLDs with uDig
  3. Serving maps with GeoServer
  4. Creating a custom OpenLayers application
  5. Posting to the web

The introduction mentions the benefits of using open source and also, interestingly, discusses the pros and cons of making a “mash-up” versus serving one’s own data.

Once again, we see Penn State as a proponent of open source GIS. Have you looked at their Master of Geographic Information Systems program lately?

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