[API-users] geometry string length

Scott Chamberlain myrmecocystus at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 18:50:52 CEST 2015

Hi Tim,

Thanks for the quick response.  Advanced users could do this themselves,
but many of our users probably won't know how to do this, but we could try
to make this easier for users by taking care of this problem when WKT
strings are too long. I'll see how it goes...


On Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 12:22 AM Tim Robertson <trobertson at gbif.org> wrote:

> Hi Scott,
> My first thoughts are that even if we got it across the wire (using GET or
> POST) I would expect that the front ends will time out long before the SOLR
> index computed the query.
> I would recommend doing a bounding box search on GBIF, and then using
> geometry functions in R to "cookie cutter” the result set to the fine
> polygon.
> Is that something you think would be manageable?
> Cheers,
> Tim
> On 31 Mar 2015, at 00:11, Scott Chamberlain <myrmecocystus at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Any known way to get around the URI string length for GET requests to
> the `/occurrence/search` endpoint? E.g., are POST requests supported for
> passing in parameters?  I ask because a user of an R client I work on wants
> to pass in a polygon that is 40K characters long.  Of course precision
> could be reduced, so the string is shorter, but that doesn't seem ideal.
> Also not ideal is converting to a bounding box approach that approximates
> the polygon, then converting that to WKT. Any thoughts?
> >
> > I know it's not standard, but maybe you allow body to be passed to a GET
> request for `/occurrence/search`?
> >
> > Thanks! Scott
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