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Advanced GIS Server Administration (GeoServer II) Course


GeoServer is a Java-based software server that allows users to view and edit geospatial data. Using open standards set forth by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), GeoServer allows for great flexibility in map creation and data sharing. GeoServer allows you to display your spatial information to the world. Implementing the Web Map Service(WMS) standard, GeoServer can create maps in a variety of output formats. OpenLayers, a free mapping library, is integrated into GeoServer, making map generation quick and easy. GeoServer is built on Geotools, an open source Java GIS toolkit.

There is much more to GeoServer than nicely styled maps, though. GeoServer also conforms to the Web Feature Service(WFS) standard, which permits the actual sharing and editing of the data that is used to generate the maps. Others can incorporate your data into their websites and applications, freeing your data and permitting greater transparency.

GeoServer is free software.  This significantly lowers the financial barrier to entry when compared to traditional GIS products. In addition, not only is it available free of charge, it is also open source. Bug fixes and feature improvements in open source software are greatly accelerated when compared to traditional software solutions. Leveraging GeoServer in your organization also prevents software lock-in, saving costly support contracts down the road. GeoServer can display data on any of the popular mapping applications such as Google Maps, Google Earth, Yahoo Maps, and Microsoft Virtual Earth. In addition, GeoServer can connect with traditional GIS architectures such as ESRI ArcGIS.

This course teaches will help participant(s) how to administrate and publish GIS data with GeoServer, build their custom maps using your own data without the need for costly commercial software.

The participants will learn how to load, publish, and share geospatial data with GeoServer. Including navigating the GeoServer user interface, OGC web services, styling data with SLD, connect to backend data such as PostGIS and tile caching with GeoWebCache.


Course objectives:

After completing the course you will be able to:

  • Work with application schemas
  • Configure the server
  • Learn about web services in GeoServer
  • Configure GeoServer data directory
  • Apply Filter
  • Explore and understand the security features for GeoServer
  • Learn and understand the functioning of GeoWebCache
  • Understand the capabilities of the GeoServer extensions


Who should attend?

Non GIS Users, GIS experts, Cartographers, Geographers, Geoscientist, surveyors, Planners, Database administrator, system administrator, IT expert, software engineers, M&E expert and web GIS developers.


  • Should have programming experience in HTML, CSS, Java Scripts
  • Knowledge of QGIS
  • Understanding of GIS fundamental concepts


  • Open GeoSuite 4.8
  • QGIS 2.18.18
  • Notepad Latest version
  • GeoServer 2.13.1

Topics to be covered

  • Working with Application schemas
  • Services
  • Filtering
  • Server configuration
  • GeoServer data directory
  • Security
  • GeoWebCache
  • Extensions

Duration: 5 days


Module I: Working with Application Schemas

  • Complex Features
  • Installation
  • WFS Service Settings
  • Configuration
  • Mapping File
  • Application Schema Resolution
  • Supported GML Versions
  • Secondary Namespaces
  • CQL functions
  • Property Interpolation
  • Data Stores
  • Feature Chaining
  • Polymorphism
  • Data Access Integration
  • MongoDB


Module II: Services and filtering

  • Web Map Service (WMS)
  • Web Feature Service (WFS)
  • Web Coverage Service (WCS)
  • Web Processing Service (WPS)
  • Catalog Services for the Web (CSW)


  • Supported filter languages
  • Filter Encoding Reference
  • ECQL Reference
  • Filter functions
  • Filter Function Reference

Module III: Server configuration

  • Status
  • Contact Information
  • Global Settings
  • Image Processing
  • Raster Access
  • Advanced log configuration
  • Coordinate Reference System Handling
  • Virtual Services
  • Demos

Module IV: GeoServer data directory and security

  • Data directory default location
  • Setting the data directory location
  • Structure of the data directory
  • Migrating a data directory between versions



  • Security settings
  • Settings
  • Authentication
  • Passwords
  • Users, Groups, Roles
  • Data
  • Services
  • File Browsing
  • Role system
  • Users and Groups
  • User/group services
  • Roles
  • Role services
  • Role source and role calculation
  • Interaction between user/group and role services
  • Authentication
  • Authentication chain
  • Authenticating to the Web Admin Interface
  • Authentication to OWS and REST services
  • Authentication providers
  • Passwords
  • Password encryption
  • Secret keys and the keystore
  • Master password
  • Password policies
  • Root account
  • Service Security
  • OWS services
  • REST services
  • Layer security
  • Rules
  • Catalog Mode
  • Access modes
  • Examples
  • REST Security
  • Syntax
  • Examples
  • Disabling security


Module V: GeoWebCache and extensions

  • GeoWebCache settings
  • Tile Layers
  • Caching defaults
  • Grid sets
  • Disk Quotas
  • BlobStores
  • Using GeoWebCache
  • Direct integration with GeoServer WMS
  • GeoWebCache endpoint URL
  • Disk quota
  • Integration with external mapping sites
  • Support for custom projections
  • Configuration
  • Integrated user interface
  • Determining tiled layers
  • Configuration files
  • Changing the cache directory
  • GeoWebCache with multiple GeoServer instances
  • GeoServer Data Security
  • Configuring In Memory Caching
  • Seeding and refreshing
  • Generating tiles
  • HTTP Response Headers
  • Custom response headers
  • Last-Modified and If-Modified-Since
  • GeoWebCache REST API
  • Managing Layers
  • Seeding and Truncating
  • Disk Quota
  • Troubleshooting
  • Grid misalignment
  • Direct WMS integration


  • Control flow module
  • DXF Output Format for WFS and WPS PPIO
  • Excel WFS Output Format
  • GRIB
  • Imagemap
  • Importer
  • JP2K Plugin
  • libjpeg-turbo Map Encoder Extension
  • Monitoring
  • NetCDF
  • NetCDF Output Format
  • OGR based WFS Output Format
  • OGR based WPS Output Format
  • GeoServer Printing Module
  • Cross-layer filtering
  • Vector Tiles
  • XSLT WFS output format module
  • Web Coverage Service 2.0 Earth Observation extensions



The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

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Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 22nd July  2019.

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Payment for all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.


Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 29-07-2019
Event End Date 02-08-2019
Cut off date 22-07-2019
Individual Price(rwanda franc) R₣ 600,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 878
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,000
Location Kigali,Rwanda
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Group Tariffs

Group Size Rwandese Rate Per Day( R₣) International Rate Per Day(USD/EURO)
3-5 588,800.00 $ 1,118.00
€ 1,018.00
6-10 894,400.00 $ 1,721.00
€ 1,567.00
11-15 1,376,800.00 $ 2,250.00
€ 2,048.00
16-20 1,800,000.00 $ 2,706.00
€ 2,463.00
21-25 2,164,800.00 $ 3,089.00
€ 2,811.00
26-30 2,471,200.00 $ 4,556.00
€ 0.00
30-50 3,644,800.00 $ 736.00
€ 670.00
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