Nowadays, maps are ubiquitous, and for good reason. Maps allow us to convey all manner of data visually and, quite often, beautifully. Understanding how to create your own custom maps from base geospatial data is an excellent skill for both designer and developer alike. In this course, Creating Geospatial Maps with MapServer and GDAL, you'll begin by installing MapServer and GDAL quickly and easily. You'll then create your first map using freely available data and learn how to apply custom styles to make the map your own. Next, you'll move on to more advanced concepts such as creating maps programmatically using MapScript, inspecting and modifying data using the GDAL suite, and querying data. When you've finished with this course you'll have your own WMS and WFS standards compliant server ready to go and start sharing your own amazing maps with others across the web.
Jon Oxtoby has spent the majority of his career on developing web and desktop applications related to the analysis and display of weather and other geospatial data. He is currently a senior software engineer with AvMet Applications.
Course Overview Hi everyone. My name is Jon Oxtoby and welcome to my course Creating Geospatial Maps with MapServer and GDAL. I'm a meteorological software engineer with AvMet Applications. This course is designed to get you up and running quickly, creating your own custom maps using MapServer. Some of the major topics that we will cover include MapServer installation and configuration, creating maps from freely available data, styling maps to make them your own, inspecting and manipulating data using GDAL and controller MapServer programmatically via map script. By the end of this course you'll know everything you need to create colorful, informant, beautiful maps and you'll have your own fully functional web map server ready to share your maps with the world across the web. Basic knowledge of PHP or Python will be useful for this course, but it's not required, nor is any prior knowledge of creating maps. So I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn web mapping with creating geospatial maps with MapServer and GDAL course at Pluralsight.