Free and Open Source Software for Geomatics Conference FOSS4G 2010 Barcelona

W-08: Getting Started With MapServer 

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This hands-on workshop is intended as an introduction to Web mapping with the University of Minnesota MapServer. The participants will go through the process of setting up a MapServer environment which includes configuring a Web server and creating a MapServer application. The creation of a MapServer application will include step-by-step examples of building a map file, including defining the WEB object, the LAYER objects, and assigning symbology to these objects. Once a map file is created, the participants will then go through the process of creating a web-based interface. Important MapServer and Web mapping concepts will be discussed throughout the workshop. A significant portion of the workshop will involve accessing data from several different data types and incorporating them into a MapServer map file.


T. Mitchell (1), J. Mckenna (2), P. Nacionales (3).
(1) OSGeo, (2) Gateway Geomatics, (3) University of Minnesota.

author's bio

Mr. McKenna, Mitchell and Nacionales have been teaching MapServer introductory courses for many years.  Their combined experience spans educational environments, programming, research, consulting, management and writing.

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attendee's previous knowledge

Familiarity with geospatial data. Benefit to be familiar with using a command line, though will be discussed in the course.


Zip file of the slides

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