FOSS4G routing with pgRouting tools, OpenStreetMap road data and GeoExt

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Daniel Kastl, Georepublic
Frederic Junod, Camptocamp SA

pgRouting adds routing functionality to PostGIS. This introductory workshop will show you how. It gives a practical example of how to use pgRouting with OpenStreetMap road network data. It explains the steps to prepare the data, make routing queries, assign costs and use GeoExt to show your route in a web-mapping application. Navigation for road networks requires complex routing algorithms that support turn restrictions and even time-dependent attributes. pgRouting is an extendible open-source library that provides a variety of tools for shortest path search as extension of PostgreSQL and PostGIS. The workshop will explain about shortest path search with pgRouting in real road networks and how the data structure is important to get faster results. Also you will learn about difficulties and limitations of pgRouting in GIS applications. To give a practical example the workshop makes use of OpenStreetMap data of Denver. You will learn how to convert the data into the required format and how to calibrate the data with "cost" attributes. Furthermore we will explain the difference of the main routing algorithms "Dijkstra", "A-Star" and "Shooting-Star". By the end of the workshop you will have a good understanding of how to use pgRouting and how to get your network data prepared. To learn how to get the output from rows and columns to be drawn on a map, we will build a basic map GUI with GeoExt. We listened to the students feedback of the last year's and want to guide you through the basic steps to build a simple browser application. Our goal is to make this as easy as possible, and to show that it's not difficult to integrate with other FOSS4G tools. For that reason we selected GeoExt, which is a JavaScript library providing the groundwork for creating web-mapping applications based on OpenLayers and Ext.

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