Recently, we bulked up our application offerings with a clever tool from GeoServer, an open source geospatial mapping software. If you're a mapping geek, you'll know that GeoServer forms a core component of the geospatial Web.
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GeoServer is an open source framework that allows users to share and edit geospatial data. Designed for interoperability, it publishes data from any major spatial data source using open standards set forth by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and ISO Tehcnical Commitee 211.
As a community-driven project, GeoServer is developed, tested, and supported by a diverse group of individuals and organizations from around the world.
GeoServer is the reference implementation of the OGC Web Feature Service (WFS) and Web Coverage Service (WCS) standards, as well as a high performance certified compliant Web Map Service (WMS). GeoServer forms a core component of the Geospatial Web.
Open and Share Your Spatial Data
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.
There is much more to GeoServer than nicely styled maps, though. GeoServer also conforms to the Web Feature Service (WFS) standard, which permits the actual sharing and editing of the data that is used to generate the maps. Others can incorporate your data into their websites and applications, freeing your data and permitting greater transparency.
Integrate With Existing Mapping APIs
GeoServer can display data on any of the popular mapping applications such as Google Maps, Google Earth, Yahoo Maps, andMicrosoft Virtual Earth. In addition, GeoServer can connect with traditional GIS architectures such as ESRI ArcGIS.