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OpenSource GIS Integration

2 Day Course

This two-day intensive course introduces you to the core functionality of PostGIS, QGIS, GeoServer and OpenLayers.

  • Installation and configuration of all software

  • Loading vector data into a spatial database

  • Connecting to a spatial database and then undertaking GIS analysis

  • Manipulating spatial data

  • Publishing and connecting to WMS and WFS services

  • Utilising OpenLayers to explore web mapping capabilities

Course formats


This two-day intensive course introduces you to the core functionality of PostGIS, QGIS, GeoServer and OpenLayers, taking you through all the tools you will need to load, spatially analyse, publish and share geospatial data. This course is designed specifically by Open Source GIS software specialists to demonstrate how to setup and successfully utilise Open Source GIS, spatial databases and web mapping services in an integrated environment.

The course is delivered using instructor-led real world examples where you learn by ‘doing’.

The course covers topics including, installation and configuration of all software, loading vector data into a spatial database, connecting to a spatial database and then undertaking GIS analysis, manipulating spatial data, publishing and connecting to WMS and WFS services and utilising OpenLayers to explore web mapping capabilities.

Who Should Attend? 

Those who wish to learn more about using OpenSource software to load, transform and publish GIS data for web mapping.

26-27 November 2024

Location on demand

Agenda Topics:  

Day One:

Introduction to Open Source GIS

  • Open Source Software

  • Open Standards

  • Open Data

Getting Started and Loading Datasets

  • Installing and Configuring the Software

  • Loading Data into PostGIS

  • Spatial Indexing and Table Maintenance in PostGIS

  • Attribute and Spatial Queries in PostGIS

Data Access and Publishing Data

  • Accessing PostGIS Data in QGIS

  • Updating PostGIS Data using QGIS

  • Accessing PostGIS Data in GeoServer

GeoServer Loading Data

  • Workspaces

  • Data Stores (Shapefile, Folder, PostGIS and Raster)

  • Layers

  • Layer Groups

Day Two:

GeoServer Styling Layers

  • Styling Points, Lines, Polygons

  • Rule Based Styling

  • Zoom Based Styling

  • Styling with Labels

  • Styling Raster Layers


  • General Mapping Tips in QGIS

  • Selecting and Querying data in QGIS

  • Symbolising Data in QGIS

  • Data Editing and Data Creation in QGIS

  • Accessing WMS and WFS Data Services from GeoServer


  • Displaying Map Data from GeoServer

  • Applying Attribute Filters

  • Applying Spatial Filters

OpenSource GIS Integration

  • Practical session applying all the techniques learnt to load, access, analyse, edit and then publish spatial data in an integrated environment


Completing this course allows you to collect 8 AGI CPD points towards your professional development.

Virtual Training

The technology that we use to deliver our courses has been specifically designed to ensure that the learning experience is just as effective as if you are in one of our training centres. The same experienced instructors deliver our virtual training courses and we limit the number of attendees to ensure each one receives the right amount of individual support and attention.

At Our Training Centres

Each of our training suites is laid out classroom style for a maximum of 6 delegates. This class size ensures that the pace of the course is not adversely affected, learning is maximised and there is enough individual time for everyone to ask questions. Each person will have their own PC, with the appropriate course software installed and will be provided the relevant course material. Lunch and refreshments are available throughout the course.

At Your Offices

All the training we offer can be provided onsite at your office location with the minimum of travel disruption and with the whole team together. The training will take place in a designated area away from general office activity to ensure that delegates are not disturbed and are free to give their full attention to the training.

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