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lecture: An overview of Docker images for geospatial applications

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Docker is a growing open-source platform for building and shipping applications as cloud services in so called containers. But containers can be more than that! Following the idea of DevOps, Dockerfiles are a complete scripted definition of an application with all it's dependencies, which can be build and published as ready to use images. As each container is only running "one thing" (e.g. one application, one database, a worker instance), multiple containers can be configured with the help of docker-compose.

More and more geospatial open source projects or third parties provide Dockerfiles. In this talk, we try to give an overview of the existing Docker images and docker-compose configurations for FOSS4G projects. We report on test runs that we conducted with them, informing about the evaluation results, target purposes, licenses, commonly used base images, and more. We will also give a short introduction into Docker and present the purposes that Docker images can be used for, such as easy evaluation for new users, education, testing, or common development environments.

This talk integrates and summarizes information from previous talks at FOSS4G and FOSSGIS conferences, so I'd like to thank Sophia Parafina, Jonathan Meyer, and Björn Schilberg for their contributions.