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The tutorials below are practical walk-throughs of actual application development examples from start to finish, demonstrating different aspects of Suite functionality and the kinds of problems the Suite can solve.

Building an Autocomplete Parcel Lookup


This application provides a fast autocomplete form field, backed by a full-text search database engine. The example shows a simple address look-up example with parcel data.. DEMO

Building a GeoNames Heat Map


This application displays a web-based dynamic heat map, based on querying a database of two million geographic names points for the United States. DEMO

Building a Census Map


This application lets you explore over 50 variables of census data, but only uses one style and a few lines of JavaScript code for the interface. DEMO

LIDAR Analysis and Visualization


This tutorial walks through loading and analyzing LIDAR data, and visualizing it in 3D using KML and Google Earth.

Styling OpenStreetMap for Geoserver


This tutorial shows you how to style OpenStreetMap data for use with OpenGeo Suite DEMO

pgRouting and OpenGeo Suite


This tutorial describes how to integrate OpenGeo Suite with pgRouting to create a routing application based on OpenStreetMap data.


The following are actual course materials given at our various training classes in New York City and at conferences around the world. As our list of courses grows, we will be posting more materials here.

Introduction to OpenGeo Suite

This course will introduce attendees to the OpenGeo Suite, a complete web mapping solution. The course will include an introduction to spatial analysis with PostGIS, loading and serving data with GeoServer, map optimization with GeoWebCache, styling, composing, and publishing maps with GeoExplorer, and creating your own web map applications with OpenLayers and GeoExt. Also available as a Download.

Introduction to PostGIS

As presented at FOSS4G 2014, this workshop introduces the PostGIS spatial database. Installation, loading data, configuration, spatial SQL queries, indexing, tuning and viewing are among the topics touched on in this overview workshop. Also available as a Download.

Introduction to GeoServer

Updated for 2013. Learn to load, style, and publish maps and data using GeoServer. Also available as a Download.

Introduction to OpenLayers 3

This workshop will show how to create a map, add layers, use controls, edit vectors, and style vectors using the modern OpenLayers 3 JavaScript map component.

Spatial Database Tips and Tricks

How to use the power of spatial databases to make your web mapping applications more powerful. Spatial SQL queries, binding the web to the database, and web architectures.

Introduction to OpenGeo Suite QGIS plugin

The OpenGeo Suite QGIS plugin is used to configure the components of OpenGeo Suite through QGIS, a free, open source desktop GIS client. If you prefer using a GUI (graphic user interface) to work with geospatial data try out QGIS and our Suite-QGIS plugin!

Introduction to GeoGig

GeoGig is a Distributed Version Control System (DVCS) specially designed to handle geospatial data. It takes inspiration from the source code versioning system Git, but employs an approach best suited to the nature of the spatial data it manages. The GeoGig project is feature complete and will be released as a LocationTech project.

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GeoGig Workshop

GeoGig is a Distributed Version Control System (DVCS) for geospatial data. This workshop is from the LocationTech Tour 2015.

Introduction to OpenLayers 2

This workshop will show how to create an embedded map, add layers, use controls, add markers and other useful topics for getting started with the OpenLayers JavaScript map component. Updated for OpenLayers 2.13. Also available as a Download.

Developing OGC Compliant Web Applications with GeoExt

First presented at FOSSGIS 2011, this workshop introduces GeoExt as a web mapping frontend to OGC Web Services (OWS). Create a map application with a WMS browser, a WFS-T editor, and more. Also available as a Download.

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Practical walkthroughs of app development examples using OpenGeo Suite.


Course materials given at our various training classes in NYC and conferences around the world.

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