GeoServer is an open-source software server written in Java that allows users to view, share and edit geospatial data. Designed for interoperability, it publishes data from any major spatial data source using open standards: WMS, WFS, WCS, WPS and REST.
Working with geospatial data involves the use of dedicated software solutions that are fit for loading and handling information stored in specific formats. Viewing and creating maps, for example, would be very difficult indeed if applications like GeoServer would not be available,
This particular utility is tailored for working with a variety of data types and it will make it possible for any user interested in the development of detailed maps that follow open standards to put together complex projects.
When it comes to generating the actual maps, this operation is made a lot easier thanks to the integrated mapping library OpenLayers which is meant for integration in projects that involve the creation of dynamic maps.
Open and Share Your Spatial Data
GeoServer allows for great flexibility in map creation and data sharing. It lets you to display your spatial information to the world. Implementing the Web Map Service (WMS) standard, the app can create maps in a variety of output formats. OpenLayers, a free mapping library, is integrated into the tool, making map generation quick and easy. The tool is built on Geotools, an open-source Java GIS toolkit.
Use Free and Open Source Software
This app 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, but 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.
Integrate With Existing Mapping APIs
It can display data on any of the popular mapping applications such as Google Maps, Google Earth, Yahoo Maps, and Microsoft Virtual Earth. In addition, Geo Server can connect with traditional GIS architectures such as ESRI ArcGIS.
GeoServer implements industry-standard OGC protocols such as Web Feature Service (WFS), Web Map Service (WMS), and Web Coverage Service (WCS). Additional formats and publication options are available as extensions including Web Processing Service (WPS), and Web Map Tile Service (WMTS).
Developers Credit: GeoServer ORG