Introduction to OpenSearch for EO¶
This plugin adds support for the OpenSearch for Earth Observation protocol to GeoServer. References:
The OpenSearch plugin organizes data in “Collections” and “Products”:
A collection is a set of products with some uniformity, described by some search attributes and a ISO metadata sheet
A product is a set of images (and ancillary information), describe by some search attributes and a O&M metadata sheet
The system allows the common EO “two level” searches, that is:
Firsts lookup for the desired collection of data on the main OSDD document
Once the collection is located, a second OSDD providing access to the product search is delivered
If the database contains also the OGC cross links, the Atom search outputs will also contain links allowing a client to jump from the data search to the actual data visualization and exploitation on OGC services.
Search engine storage¶
The OpenSearch protocol implementation relies on an extension of GeoTools
At the time of writing a single implementation of such interface exists, called
built and tested to work against a specific PostGIS database schema.
JDBCOpenSearchAccess is written in general enough terms that other databases should be usable as well, but it’s likely some code improvements will be required to deal with certain databases naming restrictions (e.g., Oracle).
In the future we hope to see other implementations as well, based on storage that might be more suitable for large scale search engine such as SOLR or ElasticSearch.