Geo Searching with Apache Solr for TYPO3 CMS¶
Apache Solr can be extended to do geographical searches, finding documents / places related to each other or within a certain distance to each other.
Apache Solr 4.x will ship with that geo search integrated.
The Apache Solr for TYPO3 extension currently does not support geo search, but it seems to be a good addition for scenarios like store locators or similar.
Components for geo search are:
- Querying Solr
- Indexing of geo coordinates data, index schema modifications
- UI to select a search bounding box / search radius
- Input method to set the visitors own geo position, f.e. GeoIP
- API to use different map services f.e. Google Maps, Open Street Maps, Bing ...
Status of development¶
We are currently evaluating which steps need to be taken to develop this add-on together with the community.
Please contact Olivier if you would like to join this effort. (olivier.dobberkau (at) dkd.de)