Bringing GEOSS Services into Practice

Description and Programme

Description of the workshop


The "Bringing GEOSS Services into Practice" workshop aims at teaching how to configure, use and deploy a set of open source software to set up a spatial data infrastructure (SDI). Trainees will learn how to publish and share data and metadata using OGC and ISO standards and how to register services into the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

The material related to the workshop (a tutorial, a virtual machine in OVA format including data and software, and PowerPoint presentations) can be downloaded here. The tutorial is available in PDF, in iTunesStore and Google Play Books.

Two versions of the workshop are available: a version for beginners (based on the use of GeoNode) and a version for advanced users with PowerPoint presentations of the coursein Arabic, Croatian, English, French, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and soon in Czech. To start the workshop you just need to:

  • Download the free Oracle Virtual Box plugin, available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux
  • Import the virtual machine (.OVA format) in Oracle Virtual Box
  • Start the machine with password geoss
  • Follow instructions in the tutorial file


  • Concepts on spatial data infrastructures
  • How to store geospatial data? (PostGIS and flat rasters)
  • How to publish geospatial data? (GeoServer, WMS, WFS, WCS, KML, SLD)
  • How to document and search geospatial data? (GeoNetwork, CSW, ISO metadata)
  • How to process geospatial data? (Python, WPS, PyWPS)
  • How to access real-time observed data? (SOS)
  • How to view geospatial data? (WMS, OpenLayer, QGIS, KML)
  • How to download geospatial data? (WFS, WCS, QGIS)
  • How to analyze geospatial data? (WPS local/remote
  • How to share geospatial data? (GEOSS, Discovery and Access Broker)

Agenda of the workshop

About 550 people have already been trained on this workshop, in Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Turkey.

The workshop is also given at University of Geneva every year in the frame of the Certificate of Geomatics.

Bucharest (Romania)

FP7 enviroGRIDS workshop, May 2010
credit: flikr

Tbilisi (Georgia)

FP7 enviroGRIDS workshop, November 2010
credit: flikr

Delft (The Netherlands)

FP7 enviroGRIDS workshop, April 2011
credit: flikr

Sofia (Bulgaria)

FP7 enviroGRIDS workshop, April 2012
credit: flikr

Novi Sad (Serbia)

Novi Sad GEO workshop, September 2013
Novi Sad
credit: Balkangeo

Bern (Switzerland)

Sharing Geospatial Data Training Session, October 2013
credit: flikr

Geneva (Switzerland)

GEO-X Side Event, January 2014
credit: flikr

Rabat (Morocco)

FP7 IASON workshop, January 2014
credit: flikr

Tunis (Tunisia)

ClimVar workshop, June 2014
credit: flikr

Istanbul (Turkey)

First workshop: FP7 enviroGRIDS workshop, September 2011
Second workshop: ClimVar workshop, October 2014
credit: flikr

Batumi (Georgia)

First workshop: FP7 enviroGRIDS workshop, October 2012
Second workshop: FP7 IASON workshop, 30/10/2014
credit: flikr

Thessaloniki (Greece)

FP7 IASON final event, April 2015
credit: IASON consortium

Illustrative Examples

Salinity map in the region of the Azov Sea

Changes in the ecosystem structures of the Azov Sea: monitoring of ichtyocoenoses and publication of the results on an interactive map

Digital elevation model in the Black Sea area

90 meter resolution Digital Elevation Model (DEM) v4.1 from SRTM, clipped to the Black Sea Catchment. This elevation model is used as inputs of hydrological models to assess land cover changes as well as impacts of climate change

Source: 90 meter resolution Digital Elevation Model (DEM)

Publication of a land cover map in the Black Sea Area

The MODIS Land Cover Type product contains multiple classification schemes, which describe land cover properties derived from observations spanning a year’s input of Terra and Aqua data. The primary land cover scheme identifies 17 land cover classes defined by the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP), which includes 11 natural vegetation classes, 3 developed and mosiacked land classes, and three non-vegetated land classes.

The MODIS Terra + Aqua Land Cover Type Yearly L3 Global 500 m SIN Grid product incorporates five different land cover classification schemes, derived through a supervised decision-tree classification method:

  • Land Cover Type 1: IGBP global vegetation classification scheme
  • Land Cover Type 2: University of Maryland (UMD) scheme
  • Land Cover Type 3: MODIS-derived LAI/fPAR scheme
  • Land Cover Type 4: MODIS-derived Net Primary Production (NPP) scheme
  • Land Cover Type 5: Plant Functional Type (PFT) scheme

Source: Modis Land Cover 500m 2008

Forest loss map in the region of Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Processing of satellite imagery to assess forest loss and gain in the region of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.


Here are a few videos illustrating the "Bringing GEOSS services into practice" workshop:

How to store data in PostgreSQL-PostGIS ?

How to publish data in GeoServer?

How to render data using SLD files in GeoServer?

How to consume and visualize data in Google Earth, GeoExplorer and QGIS?

How to create a simple effective web application with OpenLayers and how to document and publish ISO metadata?

How to publish and consume a Python script through PyWPS?

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