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4.1 Prerequisites for setting up a WMS

You may set up and configure a web map service on any PC or laptop running the appropriate software (and you may have to do this if you don’t have a networked PC or internet server). To serve a WMS on the OneGeology Portal you must have an open access Internet connected machine on which the server software can be installed and kept running.

As far as source data goes, the examples will concentrate mainly on GeoTIFF format raster files and ESRI shapefiles for vector data. However, access to other formats of raster data, and many possible vector formats, including access to spatial databases are listed on the MapServer website.

See the MapServer help pages (as below) for further information:

Raster Data (,
Vector Data ( and
Information about OGR (

Section last modified: 12 June 2013

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