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Open Source GIS & WebMapping for UN staff

24 & 25 November 2014

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This will be a hands-on practical workshop, 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.

The workshop will start with an introduction session on Open Source GIS and webmapping technology, followed by practical guidance on how to actually do it: Participants are asked to bring their own laptops, we will provide the theory, the software and guidance!

We have 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 finally bringing it all together on a interactive “slippy map” website using the Leaflet API.

In the workshop we will be using 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 Lubuntu operating system, that allows you to try a wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing anything. Access to the presentations, demo and workshop materials will be by this USB stick on location, as well as at this dedicated workshop website.

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