Category Archives: User perspectives

GeoServer to the rescue with cascading services

The GeoServer Users mailing list is often replete with stories about how folks are using GeoServer to solve problems and be successful. For more casual watchers of GeoServer who are not on this list, you may not get to hear about these success stories. So, to switch things up on this blog, we thought we’d [...]

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: Creating and editing data with QGIS Designing SLDs with uDig Serving maps with GeoServer Creating a custom OpenLayers application [...]

Ahora tenemos un grupo de discusión para la comunidad hispano-hablante

Here’s a quick announcement for all those who understand the above:  GeoServer now has a Spanish language users mailing list!  Created and moderated by core GeoServer developer Gabriel Roldán, the mailing list is a resource for those who would like assistance in all things GeoServer, but prefer to discuss in Spanish.  This marks the fourth [...]

GeoServer 2.0, now in beta

The GeoServer Team is happy to announce GeoServer 2.0-beta1, the first beta release of the 2.0 series. The primary focus of version 2.0 is the new user interface. This interface addresses many suggestions for usability improvements, including paging and filtering of lists of information, batch removal of layers, and the elimination of the Submit-Apply-Save workflow. [...]

GeoServer chart extension

Business reporting is a common need in various organisations. Most of the time, it is built upon tables and simple charts, such as pie or bar charts. Yet, sometimes, you need to add an extra dimension into it, in particular, geographic distribution. In some cases a thematic map does the job nicely, but if you [...]

Marine conservation with GeoServer

I received a note recently from a GeoServer blog reader who wanted to show off another project using GeoServer, which I am happy to present here. The Marine Science Institute at UC Santa Barbara and Farallon Geographics have built a public, online mapping application enabling scientists and community members to help select marine environments that [...]

Follow the arrows

Here’s a neat trick for those working with road maps that want to indicate traffic direction by way of appropriately pointed arrows. With text symbolizers using font characters, this is actually a snap, provided your data includes information about direction. The New York City streets data set has an attribute field called trafdir which specifies [...]

GeoServer and the World Glacier Inventory

The most common question I hear from GeoServer users is:  “Who else is using GeoServer?”  So when I find a great example of GeoServer in the wild, I like to pass it along. The National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado has a large collection of freely downloadable data, and they are serving [...]

Do uDig?

I’d like to quickly congratulate the uDig developers team for releasing the newest version of uDig.  uDig 1.1 has a venerable history.  Quite a venerable history, as releases go.  In fact, I think uDig might be in line for some kind of Guinness-style award for having the most release candidates (with 14 RCs and even [...]

GeoServer: It’s Not Just For English Speakers

I just wanted to give a quick hello to those in the wider world working on GeoServer. The GeoServer website recently got a bump in network traffic, and when we investigated, we saw it was directed by a group in Russia called GIS-Lab, who have an introduction to using GeoServer on their site. (Google translation) [...]

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