Central Ohio Software Symposium
July 25 - 27, 2008 - Columbus, OH
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GIS for Web Developers: Adding Where to Your Application
Based on the book GIS for Web Developers, this talk demonstrates how you can build your own Google Maps in-house using nothing but open source software. The Portland, Oregon Transit Authority recently migrated from a proprietary web mapping solution to the suite of 100% free and open source software discussed in this book. We look at Java-based clients, Java-based servers, and everything in between. We also discuss integrating free, public domain data from sources like the US Census Bureau and the USGS. If you're looking for real-world examples of AJAX in use, you'll find it here. If you're looking for real-world examples of web services in use, you'll find it here.
We start by exploring free datasets out there in the wild. They are stored in a myriad of file formats (some proprietary, some open) and projections. Free tools like GDAL and uDig make it easy to convert them and visualize them. Once the data is normalized, we store it in a PostgreSQL/PostGIS database. Not only does the database centralize the mapping data, it opens up quite a few interesting querying capabilities.
Serving up the data is the final piece of the puzzle. We look at web services based on the OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) standards. We use Tomcat and the GeoServer WAR to expose our data via OGC interfaces. We look at a couple of Ajax-based mapping frameworks (MapBuilder and OpenLayers) that truly bring the power of a Google Maps-like website to your own in-house application.
If you've had no previous mapping experience, this talk breaks the domain down into easy to understand concepts. You'll come out with a better understanding of the challenges and rewards of hosting your own web mapping infrastructure.
Who should attend? Anyone who has ever wondered how that Google Maps stuff works and how they could use something like it in their own Java-based web applications. Open source fans who like seeing public-facing success stories will be especially pleased with the wide range of FOSS tools and libraries discussed.
What should you know before attending? Not a darn thing. This talk is aimed at sharp developers who don't have lick of previous mapping experience.
About Scott Davis
Scott Davis is the founder of ThirstyHead.com, a training company that specializes in Groovy and Grails training.
Scott published one of the first public websites implemented in Grails in 2006 and has been actively working with the technology ever since. Author of the book Groovy Recipes: Greasing the Wheels of Java and two ongoing IBM developerWorks article series (Mastering Grails and in 2009, Practically Groovy), Scott writes extensively about how Groovy and Grails are the future of Java development.More About Scott »