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I am trying to set up a system that will post feature objects periodically to a PostGIS db and display them via GeoServer and OpenLayers on a web site. Is it possible to add the new feature objects to the db via GeoServer using the REST API or geoserver-manager (my system is Java based) or will I have to add the features directly into the PostGIS db?

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could you use wfs-t? –  iant May 28 '13 at 9:12
    
Thank you, that must be it. I guess I would blame my inability to find the answer in the docs on me being a complete newb at GIS and GeoServer. The multitude of new words... –  Henrik May 28 '13 at 14:50
    
While waiting for a response to this question I created code that inserts my features into the db directly using postgresql jdbc. Which is the preferred way of doing this among all you GIS gurus, the jdbc or wfs-t way? –  Henrik May 28 '13 at 15:16
    
it would depend on where your data is coming from –  iant May 28 '13 at 15:18
    
By the way iant, if you answer my question "officially" I'll get you the cred that you deserve. –  Henrik May 28 '13 at 15:19
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If you are adding the data from a client then you should probably use WFS-T - GeoServer will then "know" to update any cached tiles that include the layer. However if you are collecting the data from (or via) a process on the server then doing a direct write to the database will be more efficient (saves the change to GML and back). You might find GeoTools helpful for talking to PostGIS databases.

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