GeoJSON Text Sequences
RFC 8142

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Replaces draft-gillies-geojson-text-seq
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        S. Gillies
Request for Comments: 8142                                        Mapbox
Category: Standards Track                                     April 2017
ISSN: 2070-1721

                         GeoJSON Text Sequences

Abstract

   This document describes the GeoJSON text sequence format and
   "application/geo+json-seq" media type.  This format is based on
   JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) text sequences and GeoJSON, and it
   makes arbitrarily large geographic datasets incrementally parseable
   without restricting the form of GeoJSON texts within a sequence.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 7841.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8142.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................2
      1.1. Requirements Language ......................................2
   2. GeoJSON Text Sequence Format ....................................2
   3. Security Considerations .........................................3
   4. Interoperability Considerations .................................3
   5. IANA Considerations .............................................3
   6. References ......................................................4
      6.1. Normative References .......................................4
      6.2. Informative References .....................................5
   Author's Address ...................................................5

1.  Introduction

   Arbitrarily large sequences of values pose a problem for JavaScript
   Object Notation (JSON) [RFC7159] that is well explained in the
   motivation for JSON text sequences [RFC7464].  The GeoJSON format
   [RFC7946] faces the same kind of problem.  Geographic datasets often
   run to the tens of thousands or millions of features.  The problem is
   often amplified by the presence of large arrays of coordinates for
   each of the features.

   This document describes a specialization of JSON text sequences.  A
   GeoJSON text sequence is a document of arbitrarily large size
   containing one or more GeoJSON objects (e.g., multiple GeoJSON texts
   that can be produced and parsed incrementally) and not just a single
   GeoJSON FeatureCollection, Feature, or Geometry.

1.1.  Requirements Language

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "NOT RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in
   [RFC2119].

2.  GeoJSON Text Sequence Format

   Defined in prose similar to the description of the JSON text sequence
   in [RFC7464], a GeoJSON text sequence is any number of GeoJSON
   [RFC7946] texts, each encoded in UTF-8 [RFC3629], preceded by one
   ASCII [RFC20] record separator (RS) character, and followed by a line
   feed (LF).

   The GeoJSON text sequence format conforms to all the rules of
   [RFC7464] and adds the following constraint: each JSON text MUST
   contain a single GeoJSON object as defined in [RFC7946].

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   Heterogeneous sequences containing a mix of GeoJSON Geometry,
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