[Live-demo] Solr vs PostGIS/WFS

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at lisasoft.com
Mon May 5 15:55:37 PDT 2014

I've heard a few people recommending [b] Solr [a] for lightning fast 
spatial search, which leads me to question my understanding of best 
practice OGC / OSGeo design paradigms.

In particular:

1. Have people been rolling out Solr's spatial search into production 
instead of WFS (such as GeoServer)? Why was or was not Solr chosen?

2. Solr doesn't seem to follow OGC standards (I'd suspect a cut down 
version of WFS would be appropriate). Are there discussions with the OGC 
about setting up an appropriate standard which Solr could/should follow?

3. If Solr is indeed a good match for certain use cases, then should we 
be including it on OSGeo-Live [c]?

[a] https://lucene.apache.org/solr/ Solr is the popular, blazing fast 
open source enterprise search platform. Its major features include 
powerful full-text search, hit highlighting, faceted search, near 
real-time indexing, dynamic clustering, database integration, rich 
document (e.g., Word, PDF) handling, and *geospatial search*.


[c] http://live.osgeo.org

Cameron Shorter,
Software and Data Solutions Manager
Suite 112, Jones Bay Wharf,
26 - 32 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009

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