[Geowanking] WFS / GML servier for the rest of us?
jgarnett at refractions.net
Tue Aug 9 08:41:38 PDT 2005
Bryce Nesbitt (mailing list account) wrote:
> I've got data - simple point data with attributes. I maintain this
> data, and I can slice it or dice it, cook it up with perl scripts. If
> you'd like I can even turn it into a shapefile. But how do I publish
> it using OpenGIS standards?
Try GeoServer - it has a one click installer and can be set-up quite
> I must admit I'm a bit confused by OpenGIS. I sort of expected to
> find a simple canonical 'I'm here, world' type of XML script, and an
> easy-to-install WFS server. Something I could cook up with only a few
> hours investment. But so far, I only find deeper things, which cause
> my eyes to glaze over before I've actually installed anything.
> Remember, I care about the data, not the technical details of publishing.
I think it even meets your hello world use (there is a demo section in
the webapp where you can choose different example requests and
responses). As for configuration it takes care of figuring out a all
that XML Schema stuff and supports connection to a number of different
It even supports a "property file format" which is probably enough plain
text for you to use your perl skillz.
>rd1=1|LINESTRING(0 0,10 10)|road one
>rd2=2|LINESTRING(20 20,30 30)|road two
> I'm coming terribly close to publishing some of my data using the
> Google Map API, and figuring that someone will eventually create a
> hack to import that into real GIS software. But what I'd really like
> to do is support open standards, and add my data to a stable and
> regionally geo-searchable index. Can you folks suggest ways to help
> make this happen? Am I just too impatient?
Well the open standards types are a bit far away from that regionally
geo-serchable index, the best I know is GeoConnections Dsicouvery Portal
but as the standards come together I imagine it will be replaced:
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