Short courses and workshops
These are mostly hands-on practical workshops, intended to introduce the possibilities and pitfalls of using Open Source applications for GIS and webmapping to people who are interested in this technology, but that do not yet have much experience in the actual practical use of OSGEO applications.We use a set of exercises that guide the participants in setting up a webmapping site using OpenStreetMap data, adding their own data using the desktop QGIS application, serving that data as a Web Map Service using Geoserver and/or Mapserver, and finally bringing it all together on a interactive “slippy map” website using OpenLayers.
We are using in general the free and open source GIS and webmapping
applications from the OSGEO LiveDVD. The Open
Source Geospatial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose
mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open
geospatial technologies and data. The OSGEO LiveDVD is a self-contained
bootable DVD/USB based on the Xubuntu operating system, that allows you to
try a wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing
We teach and have tought these workshops and courses in many guises: From
very short (2 hours) to long (2/3 weeks), either face-to-face or using
Distance Learning technology...