[OSGeo-Discuss] Open Layers

Fawcett, David David.Fawcett at state.mn.us
Tue Sep 2 14:30:58 PDT 2008

OpenLayers could consume the PostGIS data through MapServer, served
either as a WMS/WFS or as a direct MapServer call.


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Mateusz Loskot wrote:
> Bob Pawley wrote:
>> Hi
>> I am looking at Open Layers to display Postgis data.
>> I have a couple of questions to start.
>> - Can Open Layers connect directly to Postgis or does it require 
>> other software?
>> - Is there documentation that shows how to make the connections and 
>> put the system together??
didn't see any detailed answer to this, so...

I believe that Open Layers needs to talk to a WMS or WFS service, rather

than directly executing SQL against a datatabase (PostGIS or otherwise).

A pretty standard configuration is to run Geoserver (geoserver.org) w/ 
postgis.  Mapserver (mapserver.gis.umn.edu) might be another option.

Miles R. Fidelman, Director of Government Programs
Traverse Technologies 
145 Tremont Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA  02111
mfidelman at traversetechnologies.com

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