Geospatial advice?

Alexander Sicular siculars at
Tue May 1 12:44:03 EDT 2012

My advice is to not use Riak. Check mongo or Postgres. 

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On May 1, 2012, at 9:18, Mark Rose <markrose at> wrote:

> Hello everyone!
> I'm going to be implementing Riak as a storage engine for geographic data. Research has lead me to using geohashing as a useful way to filter out results outside of a region of interest. However, I've run into some stumbling blocks and I'm looking for advice on the best way to proceed.
> Querying efficiently by geohash involves querying several regions around a point. From what I can tell, Riak offers no way to query a secondary index with multiple ranges. Having to query a several ranges, merge them in the application layer, then pass them off to mapreduce seems rather silly (and could mean passing GBs of data). Alternatively, I could start straight with mapreduce, but key filtering seems to work only with the primary key, which would force me into using the geohashed location as the primary key (which would lead to collisions if two things existed at the same point). I'd also like to avoid using the primary key as the geohash as if the item moves I'd have to change all the references to it. Lastly, I could do a less efficient mapreduce over a less precise geohash, but this doesn't solve the issue of the equator (anything near the equator would require mapreducing the entire dataset).
> Is there any way to query multiple ranges with a secondary index and pass that off to mapreduce? Or should I just stick with the less efficient mapreduce, and when near the equator, run two queries and later merge them? Or am I going about this the wrong way?
> In any case, the final stage of my queries will involve mapreduce as I'll need to further filter the items found in a region.
> Thank you,
> Mark
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