GeoServer Blog

GeoServer, the perfect tool to reduce the unemployment rate!

These are harsh times for the economy around the world, unemployment rates are high everywhere especially for young people. It is however good to see job offers for professional with knowledge on GeoServer arising in varios parts of the world confirming that Open Source is an engine for growth.

It’s becoming more and more common to see job offers demanding GeoServer experience as a requisite. The companies providing support for GeoServer are growing as well, providing opportunities to the brave souls that want to work side by side with the core developers.

GeoSolutions, an italian company deeply involved in both GeoServer and GeoTools, is looking for a Support Engineer that will provide support to clients as well as help with installing and managing production deployments. GeoSolutions is looking for a front-end developer that will develop the user facing portion of new geospatial applications powered by GeoServer.

OpenGeo is also actively hiring with a number of open positions available. The Java developer position is looking for someone interested in applying their skills to open source development on projects in the GeoServer ecosystem.

Searches on or also show a number of positions that either demand or have a preference for people with GeoServer experience.

We’re please to see this growth and hope you’ll enjoy working with GeoServer as much as we do!

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GeoServer 2.3.2 released

The GeoServer team is pleased to announce the release of GeoServer 2.3.2 for download.

  • This release includes and is made in conjunction with GeoTools 9.2.

  • The INSPIRE plugin has now graduated to extension and is included in this release. This plugin adds WMS and WFS capabilities support for metadata required for compliance with the European INSPIRE directive.

  • The application schema support (app-schema) support plugin now enables joining by default for data sources that support it.

  • Fixed transformation problems with projections based on Hotine Oblique Mercator (variant B) (for example Swiss CH1903 / LV03)

  • Fixed WFS lockups when a WFS 1.1 GetFeature is providing a schema referring back to the same server DescribeFeatureType

  • A new option to limit the file browser to the data directory, geared towards high security/multi-tenant environments

More details can be found in the GeoServer 2.3.2 Release Notes.

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New GeoServer community on Google+

Being social and sharing with others is one of the keystones of a open source community.

Traditionally open source communities thrive on mailing lists and IRC channels, however it’s not news that many people prefer other medias for sharing thoughts, experiences, and asking for help. For example, people with an interest in GeoServer are already active on Twitter and StackExchange.

Simone recently created a new Google+ GeoServer community, adding one more choice to the mix:

If you like mailing lists do not worry, the GeoServer users mailing list will still be the primary and official mean to get support (and we very much suggest you to hang there too), the Google+ community is just an alternate mean of communication that some of us might want to try out.

So, if have an interest in GeoServer and your preferred media is Google+ hop on, if we see there is enough interest we might start doing hangouts and public presentations to leverage this social platform extra features.

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GeoServer training in Milan, 6/7 June 2013

If you are looking for GeoServer training, save the date: GeoSolutions will be providing a two days long introduction to GeoServer 6/7 June 2013 in Milan.

The training will be held in Italian by GeoServer core contributors, and will cover a basic introduction to GeoServer, setting up vector and raster data, basic and advanced SLD styling, raster data tuning, integration with Google Earth, tile caching with the integrated GeoWebCache, delivering and filtering vector data with WFS, security, integration with the rest interface and setting up for production. The experience will be hands on, with one computer per participant, with discounts for university students.

If you are interested but cannot make it, or would like to get training in another language, go have a look at the GeoServer training page to find more training opportunities.

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GeoServer 2.3.1 released

The GeoServer team is happy to announce the release of GeoServer 2.3.1, now available for download.

This is the first bug-fix release of the 2.3.x stable series, and packs 34 changes between bug fixes and improvements in different departments. Here is an highlight:

  • The XSLT output format generator module graduated from community to official extension (work performed GeoSolutions Andrea Aime with sponsorship from the City of Wien)

  • A couple of changes in the SQL Server data increase performance, provided you enable the relevant flags. One is the ability to transfer geometries in SQL Server native format, as opposed to using WKB, which avoids the slow WKB generation routines included in SQL Server, the other allows to disable native paging, which can sometimes lead the SQL Server query planner to create bad data access plans (GEOS-5750 and GEOS-5314). The native geometry serialization was sponsored by Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management and performed by Bouvet, thanks to Stewart Loving-Gibbard for the paging patch.

  • A new flag has been added to prevent the resolution of XML external entities (normally enabled by default in XML parsers), which can be used to prevent some kinds of XML attacks (GEOS-5273 and GEOS-5314). The work was performed by GeoSolution under sponsorship from the City of Wien.

  • Some SLD related fixes (GEOS-4214GEOS-5767) (thanks to GeoSolutions’s Andrea and Carlo for those)

  • A bunch of improvements in the monitoring extension (GEOS-5725GEOS-5732GEOS-5758 and GEOS-5766) (thanks to OpenGeo’s Justin Deoliveria and Ian Schneider for those, plus one from Andrea)

  • Fixed an issue that prevented GeoServer from serving back GetMap requests under Windows when using the JRE (GEOS-5768) (thanks goes to GeoSolutions’ Simone for this one)

  • GWC will now respect the layer HTTP caching settings, and a memory leak has been fixed in respect to the WFS-T integration (GEOS-5686GEOS-5659)  (thanks’ to OpenGeo’s Ian Schneider for these)

  • The German translation maintainers fixed an encoding problem which resulted in weird chars appearing in the GeoServer UI (GEOS-5641) (thanks goes to Frank Gasdorf and Oskar Fonts for their continuous work on UI internationalization)

  • GeoServer UI is completely available in Dutch, German **_and _Korean **(thanks goes to Wouter van Nifterick, Frank Gasdorf, Stefan Engelhardt, Minpa Lee and others), feel free to review and contribute at

  • Finally, a few fixes and improvements in the security subsystem (GEOS-5698GEOS-5751GEOS-5753GEOS-5783) (thanks to Christian Mueller for his continuous work on the security subsystem)

And there is more, you can find everything in the GeoServer release notes. Also, looking at the corresponding GeoTools 9.1 release notes we can find some extra goodies:

  • Improved support for sparse shapefiles (GEOT-2791) (thanks to Dieter DePaepe)

  • Added support for UUID data type in PostGis data stores (GEOT-4414) (thanks to Shane StClair)

Download GeoServer 2.3.1, try it out, and provide feedback on the GeoServer mailing list.

Thanks again for using GeoServer!

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