[ckan-discuss] About Geospatial Features (and DataStore): a question from a CKAN newbie

Luca De Santis dex at lucadex.it
Thu Jun 28 17:49:41 BST 2012

Thanks very much Adrià,
I'll follow your suggestions and get back to the list in case of problems (hope I won't have any).


Il giorno 28/giu/2012, alle ore 16.57, Adrià Mercader ha scritto:

> Hi Luca,
> The ability to plot geographic locations from a datasets (like on this
> case [1]) is powered by the Recline Javascript library [2], and it is
> completely independent from ckanext-spatial (which is more focused on
> providing spatial support for the datasets metadata, eg extent of the
> dataset). If you are using the datastore, you will be automatically
> able to preview csv based datasets. See the documentation for more
> details [3], and make sure you are using the ckanext-datastorer
> extension to automatically push new datasets to the datastore.
> Hope this helps,
> Adrià
> [1] http://thedatahub.org/dataset/malawi-aid-projects/resource/b717c20e-2006-4ad4-82d2-59b57ebc1ab0
> [2] https://github.com/okfn/recline
> [3] http://docs.ckan.org/en/ckan-1.7.1/datastore.html
> On 28 June 2012 15:13, Luca De Santis <dex at lucadex.it> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm in the process of installing and configuring CKAN to serve some data in tabular forms (eg .csv).
>> For most records in the datasets I'll be able to provide geolocations and I'd like to provide a preview that shows points in map.
>> On the CKAN site (http://ckan.org/features/geospatial/) it is written:
>> "Where structured data with location information is loaded into CKAN’s DataStore, CKAN can plot the data on an interactive map."
>> I assumed therefore that the DataStore module (with ElasticSearch) was needed for that, but in the ckanext-spatial documentation it seems that everything is managed in the database, using the PostGIS extension.
>> Therefore, do I need DataStore and ElasticSearch for this or not?
>> Can somebody shed some light on that? Thanks in advance.
>> Ciao,
>> Luca

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