Introduction to the OpenGeo Suite

Introducing OpenGeo Suite

In this section, we’ll introduce OpenGeo Suite and illustrate a few of the terms and concepts involved in setting up a geospatial stack.

What’s a stack?

A “stack” is industry jargon for a software system that comprises many individual applications. The stack analogy implies that the individual components stack or build up on each other.

In theory, the stack is vertical. The more fundamental components are (buried) at the bottom, with the more tangible, visible pieces at the top.

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Some commonly-seen stacks

What is OpenGeo Suite?

OpenGeo Suite is a fully-open geospatial software stack for publishing your data on the web. It includes the following software:

  • PostGIS - A robust spatial database system.
  • GeoServer - A map and geospatial data server.
  • GeoExplorer - A browser-based tool commonly used to view, navigate, and manage data, either locally or remote. It is built upon OpenLayers and GeoExt, two JavaScript libraries for building your own geospatial applications.
  • GeoWebCache - A server that accelerates the delivery of map images by pre-drawing and caching.
  • QGIS - A desktop-based tool for viewing and interacting with geospatial data and maps.
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OpenGeo Suite stack



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