Visualizing geographical data in Nesstar
Nesstar is able to visualize geographical data in thematic maps by utilizing a WMS server. This WMS server can either run in the same application server as Nesstar, or be accessed over a network.
At the moment the only WMS/WFS implementation we know for sure to be supporting all the features Nesstar needs is the freely available GeoServer. This guide will describe how to:
- Install GeoServer into the same application server as your Nesstar Server
- How to prepare the map files
- How to publish the maps to GeoServer, and
- How to tell Nesstar to use these resources.
If you want to use some map resources that are already available in a WMS server that you have access to, you can go directly to the last part.
Using this guide
Some details in this document will need to be replaced with your own values. These details will be written in a MONO_SPACED, _UPPER_CASE font and prefixed with a "$". They are:
- $NESSTAR_SERVER - The location of your Nesstar installation, for example, C:\Nesstar-Server-4.0
- $NESSTAR_ADDRESS - The network name or IP address where your Nesstar installation is reachable, for example, http://127.0.0.1
- $GEOSERVER - The location of your geoserver installation, for example, C:\Geoserver-2.13
- $MAP_NAME - The name of your map, for example, "Countries".
- $MAP_FILE_NAME - The file actual file name of your shape files, more often than not, this will be the same as $MAP_NAME.