GeoServer - Open and Share Your Spatial Data
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.
Soilscapes and Campsites
Publishing maps displaying Soilscapes and Campsites first required the maps to be produced, each as a separate map. Although ESRI's industry favoured ArcMAP has no facility to export its own symbology, our Geospatial WebDevTeam used QGIS to read ArcMAP's (carefully projected) shape files and apply a style, in the case of the soilscape, a gradient of colours. The style created was be applied to the map layer in GeoServer prior to publishing and the two were elements published together. Each map layer with its own style.
Prototypes - Platforms for Development
The site is a prototype, and serves to illustrate what can be produced with a full brief. For example Legends can be added to maps to dynamically reflect changes to the data. Using additional OpenLayer scripts it is possible to add legends and other details to dynamic map compositions.