"Seegrid will be due for a migration to confluence on the 1st of August. Any update on or after the 1st of August will NOT be migrated"


Demonstration Prototypes

Deployed Servers

Copies of the enhanced Geoserver WFS have been deployed at each of the three initial participating agencies: note these are NOT web server addresses - do not just click the URL's from your browser


  • A copy of Web Map Composer (containing prototype GML handling) is installed at http://cgsrv3.arrc.csiro.au/seegrid . This client is a middleware application that can be used to publish multiple applications, which bind workflow configurations to map views and related information sources.


Web Map Composer Sample

WFS Testbed

  • these allow you to paste in one of the four query types:
    • xmml:GeochemSpecimen
    • xmml:GeochemSpecimenByAnalyteAndValue
    • xmml:GeochemMeasurementsByID
    • xmml:GeochemMeasurementsByAnalyteAndValue

* simple client for PIRSA WFS query, send and return raw XML

* simple client for WA WFS query, send and return raw XML

GA Reports Page

* simple report page to demonstrate how WFS data might be used

Demonstrator Components

Setting up the demonstrator Server and Client

These instructions give an overview of the procedures used in setting up the demonstration server and client installed at http://cgsrv3.arrc.csiro.au/seegrid/savedapps/filter . It isn't necessary to setup both the client and server on a given site. Publishers of information can setup the server components for Geoserver and notify RobAtkinson that the service exists. RobAtkinson can then add the service to the demonstrator portal on http://cgsrv3.arrc.csiro.au/seegrid/savedapps/filter to provide a client interface for demonstration and testing purposes.

This page does need refactoring to separate the geoserver install instructions from the WMC client demonstration

System Requirements:
  • Tomcat 4.1.x where x >24
  • JSDK 1.4.1 (latest is OK)
  • Java Advanced Imaging (JAI) installed
  • Web Map Composer from Social Change Online

Geoserver deployment preparation

Note: the SEEGrid project has been successful in influencing the thinking of the broader community and has pawned a new project to enhance Geotools (and consequently Geoserver). Further details are at:


The rest of this page is relevant for supporting the interim branch created by the Seegrid R&D effort.

1 geoserver.war: download WAR file

  1. Follow install instructions at http://geoserver.sourceforge.net/documentation/1.2.0-rc2/
    • to use the embeddy jetty server use ant prepareEmbedded first (port number config is in documents/jetty.xml)
  2. using ant you can run the build with ant go
  3. Read the notes at GeometrylessJDBCDataStore
  4. Read the notes on schemamapping - including the release notes for the geoserver build at https://www.seegrid.csiro.au/twiki/pub/Infosrvices/GeoserverMapping/GeoserverPatchSet2004-09-30.html
  5. Send publically visible URL of service to RobAtkinson for next round of testing
  6. Contact RobAtkinson for more assistance if you are unable to establish a public URL.

Geoserver configuration


In pre-enhancement Geoserver there was really only a single logical schema - which was a database table that was automatically mapped to a private XML schema representation.

There are three "schemas" in the new configuration -
  1. The underlying database implementation schema (multiple tables)
  2. The "target" GML schema we want to output
  3. The internal database schema of the result set of a query output

In other words, we will change the geoserver paradigm so that the registered schema is no longer a database table, but the result of a join query, which can then be customised.

We will extend this with information about the Xpath mapping from each column to the output GML schema.

During output of the query results we will map deduplicate rows and re-create the multi-valued properties (re-normalise as required by the GML application schema)

Config Steps:

  1. Create a data store (if using the embedded jetty server, edit server\geoserver\WEB-INF\catalog.xml) eg look at the kyanite.oracle.geochem entry
  2. Create an info.xml (if using the embedded jetty server, create a directory in server\geoserver\data\featureTypes of the same name as the feature type and put info.xml in here)
    • At this stage the feature type name has to correspond to a table name in the datastore; should be able to relax this restriction, but fairly low priority.
    • The SCO extension to this file is an attribute named - this contains the SQL query template we will use to query related tables.
    • It is possible that SCO will add additional elements to info.xml
    • The query shows an inner select as a table valued expression, this is to allow a WFS filter to be applied without referencing table aliases used in joins in the filter properties.
  3. If non default GML2 output is required, a schema must be supplied. This file is called schema.xml and resides in the same directory as featureinfo.xml. schema.xml describes the attributes of the datastore.
    • NB: With previous versions of GeoServer, schema.xml was mandatory, but GeoServer can now generate a default schema. We now need to manually create this to describe the query result.

SCO has added an xpath attribute, providing a mapping from attributes in the result set of the query in info.xml to elements/attributes of an output document; providing for nested elements, as opposed to the default "denormalised" output. This is the current focus of ongoing work.
  • catalog.xml: Geoserver config: Sample datastore registration
  • info.xml: Geoserver config: Feature Type metadata: info.xml
  • schema.xml: Geoserver config: schema.xml - Xpath to GML

WFS Change Request

From the proposal:

The proposal introduces a mechanism whereby the WFS query may be decoupled from the response model.

This change is required in order that a deployed WFS service may satisfy certain business cases where (i) elements of the report may not be used as parameters in the query, (ii) to provide a formal mechanism to allow a service provider to limit the permitted queries for various reasons, (iii) to allow indirect query via a different feature. It is accomplished by allowing the service to specify one or more content models to be used by a client in constructing a WFS GetFeature request.

This version is a "minimalist" approach that makes fewest changes (all optional additions) to the current spec so is calculated to induce the minimal pushback from the WFS reviewers. Initially I used the terminology "Query Model" rather than "Filter Model" with the idea that more general methods might be supported, but this way the symmetry with the current syntax is very obvious and so likely to be most acceptable.

If you can see a way to push further, then please make suggestions. But also be prepared to provide quite detailed documentation - the level of detail that I have provided is essentially "drop-in" and thus might be accepted as-is. Though we probably have to provide evidence of a working implementation in due course ... I hope this would just be a matter of adjusting the syntax on the existing demonstrator.

-- SimonCox - 04 Apr 2005

Final report with lessons learned

Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
05-022WFSQuerymodel.docdoc 05-022WFSQuerymodel.doc manage 159.5 K 06 Apr 2005 - 09:21 SimonCox WFS Change Request - scrub, add discussion concerning DescribeFilterModel operation
05-022WFSQuerymodel_RA.docdoc 05-022WFSQuerymodel_RA.doc manage 135.5 K 05 Apr 2005 - 10:30 RobAtkinson Updates and comments
TechnicalLearningfromtheMCA.pdfpdf TechnicalLearningfromtheMCA.pdf manage 191.8 K 06 May 2005 - 21:25 AndyDent Final report with lessons learned
catalog.xmlxml catalog.xml manage 7.5 K 24 Aug 2004 - 09:10 RobAtkinson Geoserver config: Sample datastore registration
geoserver.warwar geoserver.war manage 6546.4 K 19 Jul 2005 - 20:26 RobAtkinson War file with latest fixes
info.xmlxml info.xml manage 1.6 K 24 Aug 2004 - 09:11 RobAtkinson Geoserver config: Feature Type metadata: info.xml
schema.xmlxml schema.xml manage 3.3 K 24 Aug 2004 - 09:13 RobAtkinson Geoserver config: schema.xml - Xpath to GML
Topic revision: r31 - 15 Oct 2010, UnknownUser

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