humfrey.elasticsearch - ElasticSearch integration

humfrey is able to update ElasticSearch indices after updating a store. It also includes a view for users to search the index, and which supports rudimentary faceting.

This app has a dependency on humfrey.sparql, and an optional dependency on humfrey.update.


ElasticSearch provides for a hierarchy of multiple indexes, and within those various types. This app pushes data for each store into an index of the same name, and the types are populated from named SPARQL queries, created using the Django admin site.

Each SPARQL query is associated with one or more stores to be indexed, and zero or more update definitions after which it will be run. It’s also possible to specify a mapping to be PUT to the ElasticSearch server.

Plumbing in

Add "humfrey.elasticsearch" to your INSTALLED_APPS setting.

Add an ELASTICSEARCH_SERVER variable to your settings:

ELASTICSEARCH_SERVER = {'host': 'localhost',
                        'port': 9200}         # This is the default port

If you plan to use this app with humfrey.update, add the index updater to DEPENDENT_TASKS so that it is executed after a store update:

DEPENDENT_TASKS = {'humfrey.update.update': ('humfrey.elasticsearch.update_indexes_after_dataset_update')}

Include the SearchView in your urlconf:

from django.conf.urls.defaults import patterns, url
from humfrey.elasticsearch import views as elasticsearch_views

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    url(r'^search/$', elasticsearch_views.SearchView.as_view(), name='search'),

Writing SPARQL queries for the indexes

You can add new queries to index using the Django admin interface. Head to Indexes under Elasticsearch.

The queries you write should result in a resultset (i.e. they are SELECT queries), which are transformed into chunks of JSON which are then fed to ElasticSearch. How you name your variables is important in the following ways:

  • Variable names are split on underscores, which result in nested JSON objects. For example, a variable of ?occupant_label will result in {"occupant": {"label": "..."}}.
  • Variable names with a final part of uri (e.g. ?uri, ?occupant_uri) are treated as the URI for a thing and used in links in the output of SearchView, and are used to merge results to create the final JSON object.
  • A variable called ?description will be used
  • You can specify that certain keys are repeatable as a whitespace-delimited list in the groups field of the index. For example, if occupant is repeatable then you’ll get {"occupant": [{"label": "..."}, ...]}.

Generally an indexing query will focus on one type of thing in your store (e.g. spatial things, organisations, vending machines):

    ?type_uri rdfs:subClassOf* org:Organization .
    OPTIONAL { ?type_uri rdfs:label ?type_label } .
    ?uri a ?type_uri .

This will specify a resultset like:

?type_uri ?type_label ?uri
org:Organization organization
org:FormalOrganization formal organization

Which in turn will result in the following two JSON objects being indexed:

{"uri": "",
 "type": {"uri": "org:Organization",
          "label": "organization"}}

{"uri": "",
 "type": {"uri": "org:Organization",
          "label": "organization"}}


API reference

class humfrey.elasticsearch.views.SearchView

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