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Spatial Databases With Application to GIS by Philippe Rigaux, Michel Scholl
  

Spatial Databases With Application to GIS

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Spatial Databases With Application to GIS by Philippe Rigaux, Michel Scholl

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.

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Spatial Databases covers all of the major themes of the field -- representation,query languages, computational geometry, spatial indexing -- using geographicinformation systems as the principal application domain and motivation. It will makean excellent introduction for computer science professionals and students interestedin exploring GIS, or for GIS professionals interested in learning more about thecomputer science foundations of the field. The book is also an excellent guide to theliterature, with comprehensive bibliographic notes at the end of each chapter. -- Michael F. GoodchildNational Center for Geographic Information and Analysis

Spatial Databases is a well-written, comprehensive treatment of a multi-disciplinary field, spanning computational geometry, database modeling, object-orientation, and query processing. The book presents both advanced research and commercial systems in a clear and accessible manner. This book is essential for understanding the current state of the art. Well done! Professor Dennis Shasha, New York University


About the Author

Philippe Rigaux is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers), where his work focuses on spatial applications for database systems. Michel Scholl is a Professor of Computer Science at CNAM and a Senior Researcher at INRIA (French Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique). His recent work has focused on spatial databases and digital libraries. Agnes Voisard is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Free University of Berlin and a System Architect at Kivera, Inc. Her research interests include data models for geographic and environmental information systems, interoperability in information systems, and navigation systems.

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Publication date

18th May 2001

Author

Philippe Rigaux, Michel Scholl

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Publisher

Morgan Kaufmann Publishers In an imprint of Elsevier Science & Technology

Format

Hardback
410 pages

Categories

Geography

ISBN

9781558605886

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