RGeo is a spatial data library for Ruby.
It provides an implementation of the Open Geospatial Consortium's Simple Features Specification, used by most standard spatial/geographic data storage systems such as PostGIS. It also provides a suite of useful tools for writing location-based applications using Ruby-based frameworks such as Ruby On Rails.
IMPORTANT: RGeo is currently under development, and we consider it to be in a “pre-alpha” state. A number of features (such as Rails integration) are not yet complete, and there are numerous known bugs and holes in the test suite. We also expect the APIs to be in flux for a short while longer. Therefore, we do not yet recommend the use of RGeo in production.
RGeo is a core component for writing location-based applications in the Ruby programming language. It provides the basic tools for modeling location data and communicating with geolocation-aware storage systems and location-based services.
Use RGeo to:
Represent spatial and geolocation data objects such as points, lines, and polygons in your Ruby application.
Perform standard spatial analysis operations such as finding intersections, creating buffers, and computing lengths and areas.
Correctly handle spherical geometry, and compute projections for geographic data analysis.
Store and retrieve spatial data in industry standard spatial storage systems such as PostGIS.
Generate and interpret GeoJSON data for communication with common location-based services.
Extend Ruby On Rails to handle location data in a web application.
Write spatial applications following the latest open standards from the Open Geospatial Consortium.
RGeo has the following prerequisites:
Ruby 1.8.7 or later. Ruby 1.9.2 or later preferred. Rubinius and JRuby are not yet supported.
GEOS 3.2 or later highly recommended. Some functions will not be available without it. This C/C++ library may be available via your operating system's package manager, or you can download it from trac.osgeo.org/geos/
Install RGeo as a gem:
gem install rgeo
Note: By default, the gem installation looks for the required GEOS library in the following locations:
If GEOS has been installed in a different location, you must provide its installation prefix directory using the “–with-geos-dir” option. For example:
gem install rgeo -- --with-geos-dir=/var/local
Known issues and to-do items
RGeo is currently under development and several planned features are not yet complete. These include:
Some operations on SimpleCartesian and SimpleSpherical.
Rails (ActiveRecord or ActiveModel) integration.
Other third-party integration, including possibly SimpleGeo.
Support for additional formats such as ESRI shapefiles.
JRuby support via JTS integration.
Rubinius support for Geos integration.
Additionally, not all implemented features are well-tested yet. In general, we currently consider this library to be “pre-alpha” quality, intended for experimentation and feedback but not production. It has been deployed in production at GeoPage, but only in a limited capacity.
Development and support
Documentation is available at virtuoso.rubyforge.org/rgeo/README_rdoc.html
Source code is hosted on Github at github.com/dazuma/rgeo
Report bugs on Github issues at github.org/dazuma/rgeo/issues
Contact the author at dazuma at gmail dot com.
RGeo is written by Daniel Azuma (www.daniel-azuma.com/).
Development of RGeo is sponsored by GeoPage, Inc. (www.geopage.com/).
Copyright 2010 Daniel Azuma
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