With Application to GIS
- Philippe Rigaux, CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers), Paris
- Michel Scholl, CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers) amd INRIA (French Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique), Paris
- Agnès Voisard, Fraunhofer ISST (Institut für Software- und Systemtechnik)and Free University Berlin, Germany
Spatial Databases is the first unified, in-depth treatment of special techniques for dealing with spatial data, particularly in the field of geographic information systems (GIS). This book surveys various techniques, such as spatial data models, algorithms, and indexing methods, developed to address specific features of spatial data that are not adequately handled by mainstream DBMS technology.
The book also reviews commercial solutions to geographic data handling: ArcInfo, ArcView, and Smallworld GISs; and two extensions to the relational model, PostgreSQL and Oracle Spatial. The authors examine these underlying GIS technologies, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and consider specific uses for which each product is best suited.
Computer science and GIS professionals.