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I have a Geonode/Geoserver application with a lot of base layers added to it. I have also developed a Django App plugged into Geonode that lets a user upload shapefiles. These shapefiles are converted using shp2pgsql and stored in a uploads PostGIS table, with each upload having a unique id key.

Once a user uploads a shapefile, the app runs SQL queries to compare (check for overlapping areas) the uploaded shapefile with existing base layers and results are stored in a database table. So far, this has been done.

But now, I need to show the upload shapefile on top of existing base layers in a map viewer (Geonode). Wondering what would be the best approach.

Do I have to add the uploaded shapefiles to GeoServer? Or can I set the uploads table as a PostGIS datastore in GeoServer and have it create layers from each row?

  • can you expand on what you mean by you store the new layer in a row of the uploads table. Usually a shapefile contains more than one feature. – Ian Turton Jun 26 at 10:53
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