Open Source GIS Bootcamp


Have you ever wanted learn how to use open source GIS software offerings to develop web based GIS applications?  Here is your opportunity!  GeoSpatial Training Services is now offering a new instructor guided, web based course covering open source GIS software including PostGIS, GeoServer, and OpenLayers.

Attendees will learn how to create browser-based map applications and display data from a variety of sources. Basic JavaScript syntax will be covered.

Attendees will learn how to load, publish, and share geospatial data with GeoServer. Discussion will include navigating the GeoServer user interface, OGC web services, styling data with SLD, and tile caching with GeoWebCache.

Attendees will learn about and create spatial databases, load data from a variety of sources into a spatial database, and perform queries against the data. Basic SQL syntax will be covered.

Course Modules

  • Introduction to Open Source GIS Software
    • General Open Source GIS Architecture
    • Standards and OGC
  • PostgreSQL and PostGIS
    • Introduction to SQL
    • Introduction to PostgreSQL
    • The Spatial Add-On – PostGIS
  • GeoServer
    • The Map Server
    • Caching
    • Strategies
    • Creating Tiles
  • OpenLayers
    • Introduction to JavaScript
    • The OpenLayers API
  • The Complete Solution (Course Project)
    • Overview
    • Recommendations and Common Errors
    • Final Project
  • CartoDB – The Web Mapping Platform
    • Importing Data to CartoDB
    • Web Publishing
    • Web Mapping
    • Animated Maps with Torque
  • Appendix
    • Installing OpenGeo Suite Community Edition
    • Installing PostgreSQL and PostGIS
    • Installing GeoServer

Example capstone projects completed by past students:

24 GISP Credit Hours

Course Formats and Pricing – Open Source GIS Bootcamp

None at this time

Our hybrid classes are conducted through our online training platform. All lectures are pre-recorded so that you can progress through the materials at your own pace. The same applies to the exercises. You will have access to the instructor via email, phone, or chat if you have questions or problems. The instructor will be in weekly contact with the students in each class session. Our goal is to get everyone through the materials during the session dates. However, access to the course materials never expires so if you don’t finish during the session dates you will still have access to the materials.

You can also register for classes using our registration form.

Joseph Monti
Joseph Monti
Definitely got me "over the hump" of being able to grasp Python.
Matt Gubitosa
Matt GubitosaU.S. EPA
"I strongly and highly recommend it" -- Matt Gubitosa, U.S. EPA
Michael Philp
Michael PhilpCity of Springville, UT
"Really good course material. Very relevant subject matter." --Michael Philp (City of Springville, UT)
Chris Hickin
Chris HickinNYC Fire Dept
"These courses are great. I am so pressed for time this is the only way I can acquire extra skills these days. Thank you Eric for all your hard work!" -- Chris Hickin (NYC Fire Dept.)
Chris Pollard
Chris PollardDelaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
"Very informative and knowledgeable course. It help determine which direction I should take my further GIS and web programming skills." -- Chris Pollard (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission)
Pal Herman Sund
Pal Herman Sund
"I really enjoyed the Python/ArcGIS course. For me the right balance between detail and overview. Good work!" - Pal Herman Sund
Kyle Lockhart
Kyle LockhartEscambia County, FL
"I thought the course was very organized. The style of presentation and the lesson format worked well together. It made the informationeasy to understand."  -- Kyle Lockhart (Escambia County, FL)
Jason Warzinik
Jason WarzinikBoone County, MO
"I have attended a number of instructor lead  training courses offered by ESRI, which are great in their own right, but the Mastering the ArcGIS Server JavaScript API course gets much more in-depth than they often do.  I really liked the recommended reading, they helped expand the terms being covered in lecture to concrete examples that could be related back to my work more directly instead of just having the lecture and exercises alone.  I learned a lot andwill recommend this and other GeoSpatial Training courses to the GIS'ers I know. Thanks for putting this course together and offering it ...
Aleeta Zeller
Aleeta ZellerChattanooga RPA
Class was well organized, well paced and I learned a lot
Brandon Clark
Brandon ClarkAlabama Power
Knowledgeable instructor, well paced class, applicable information covered, hands-on style

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