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OpenPolarServer Spatial Data Infrastructure


The OpenPolarServer (OPS) is a complete spatial data infrastructure (SDI) built for The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) at The University of Kansas. The SDI is a complete Linux server created using vagrant provisioning and Oracle VirtualBox. The server includes the following components:

  • Apache HTTPD and Apache Tomcat6
  • GeoServer Web Mapping Server
  • PostgreSQL + PostGIS Spatial Database
  • Django Web Framework
  • ExtJS + GeoEXT + OpenLayers GeoPortal web application
  • Optional CRON and SSMTP configuration

To cite usage of the Open Polar Server please use the following:

CReSIS. 2023. Open Polar Server [computer software], Lawrence,  Kansas, USA. Retrieved from

To acknowledge the use of the CReSIS Toolbox, please note Kansas, NSF and NASA contributions. For example:

We acknowledge the use of the CReSIS Open Polar Server from CReSIS generated with support from the University of Kansas, NASA Operation IceBridge grant NNX16AH54G, and NSF grants ICER-2126503.


A Centos 7 Linux server or virtual machine. We test the setup using Oracle VirtualBox at

Provisioned Virtual Machines are available at:


On a clean centos 7.9 VM:

yum install -y git
git clone /opt/ops
cd /opt/ops

sh conf/

# Answer prompts and watch for errors
# At the half-way point, a reboot is required. After the reboot, resume the script:
cd /opt/ops
sh conf/

After install, edit /var/django/ops/ops/ and add the URL/IP that points to the VM to the ALLOWED_HOSTS list.


Assuming the VM's IP is The geoportal for accessing OPS A local Gitlab server with copies of a few OPS-related repos The geoserver which hosts map data

Public OPS Authentication

The username and password for the default setup are included here.

Linux OS

username: root
password: pubMaster
username: ops
password: pubOps


username: root
password: pubMaster


username: admin
password: pubAdmin


username: admin
password: pubAdmin

Adding CReSIS data to the system

This can be done by placing CReSIS "data packs" into the /data/postgresql/ directory. Information on how and where to get these data packs can be found here.

Documentation still in progress...