In recent years, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for GIS is gaining in strength as a real alternative to privative software. In the case of GIS, this situation represents a particularly attractive alternative because the high cost of many proprietary software licenses which can restrict the use of GIS in the teaching and research at universities, local government authorities and also to the wider geospatial community. Free and Open Source Software allows users access to the source code and modify it, edit it, improve it and adapt it to their needs, and redistribute it.

FOSS in GIS is in an exciting growth phase. Good examples of this are the various open source geospatial software available under the Open Source Geospatial Foundation umbrella. The range of products is increasingly broad and diverse, and there is a wide range of software (compatible with different operating systems) that integrates the ability to read and work with different raster and vector data models.

GIS Open Source Summer School 2013 aims to ensure the highest quality of results and internationalize the curricula, in order to prepare students in an international working environment and competitive skills with emphasis on collaboration during the course. We started this initiative from the first edition of this Summer School teaching the advantages of using Free and Open Source Software for GIS.

The 4th edition of the Open Source Opportunities in GIS Summer School will focus on Open Web Services and Web Map Applications, especially on the publication of data on the web. With this goal, the programme will cover topics related to the management and query of spatial databases, creation of geospatial web services and development of internet viewers for publishing geospatial data. During this course you will learn some basic and fundamental steps in the use of tools such as PostgreSQL and PostGIS, GeoServer, OpenLayers and GeoExt.

The program will take place in a mixed form: lecture and theoretical sessions, in combination with practical sessions in the computer lab. The contents and techniques presented on the theoretical sessions will be applied in the practical sessions.

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