New Class – Interoperable Web GIS Solutions with Open Source

Terra GIS is offering this 3 day class/hands on workshop in Seattle from December 3rd through Friday December 5th, 2008.  Interoperable Web GIS Solutions built on Free and Open Source Geospatial software (FOSS4G) offer very effective means of delivering reliable, modern, standard compliant and flexible solutions. They can be used as stand alone applications or in conjunction with proprietary systems. Especially over the last years FOSS4G have become a viable alternative to proprietary software, and implementing GIS with FOSS helps to meet budget challenges as is outlined in this NASA study: Geospatial Interoperability Return on Investment Study
The main topics of the class/hands on workshop are as follows:

FOSS concepts, culture, licensing models and resources
An overview of FOSS web GIS components and their roles in interoperable web GIS applications and architectures
Hands on exercises of basic libraries: PROj, OGR, and GDAL
Introduction and hands-on learning of a selection of web GIS components (and how to select suitable components). Complete installation and configuration of a FOSS4G web GIS software stack including
Apache (web server)
PHP (server side scripting language)
Mapserver (mapping engine)
PostGIS (spatial database)
OpenLayers (browser based web GIS client/viewer – a Java script library)
Introduction and hands on exercises about selected core components:
1. Using Mapserver
2. Using PostGIS
3. Publishing data as WMS (Web Mapping Services) and WFS (Web Feature Services)
4. Viewing and interacting with data in a web browser environment or with other clients
Putting it all together: the final goal is for each participant to having set-up and customized a basic web GIS system (with the instructors guidance) and having become familiar with the basics of Mapserver, PostGIS and OpenLayers.

The overall focus of the class will be along the lines of Mapserver, PostGIS and OpenLayers. However, the whole spectrum of Web GIS components will be introduced as an overview. To get an idea about the most advanced and popular web GIS components download the presentation Implementing Web GIS Solutions using open source software. During the class there will be a lot of opportunity for discussions and question and answer sessions.
The class will be presented by Karsten Vennemann who has several years of experience with FOSS4G software and has lead numerous workshops in GIS throughout his 12 year career in GIS.
Dates: December 3rd through Friday December 5th, 2008 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm,  one hour lunch break)
Please inquire about other dates if you are interested in the class

Capitol Hill Neighborhood, Seattle WA, USA
Exact class location will be send to registered participants
Costs: US $900/per person when bringing your own windows laptop (1050$/person with rental Laptop)
Payable at time of registration
Target Audience/Prerequisites: GIS Specialists/Analysts/Programmers (at least intermediate level – as no GIS basics will be covered) . This is an introductory class about web mapping with FOSS4G and not really a  programming class (some scripting will be used in Javas Script and PHP though) . Some knowledge about the following is advantageous (but not required):  JavaScript, HTML, PHP, webpage design, (spatial) databases, web servers
Participants: Maximum class size of 10
Registration: Please contact us via email or call 206 905 1711 if you like to register or have additional questions