Introduction to Spatial Databases: Applications to GIS


Book Details

  • Title: Introduction to Spatial Databases: Applications to GIS
  • About the Author: By Agnès Voisard, Philippe Rigaux, Michel Scholl and Agnes Voisard

Book Description

Spatial Databases covers all of the major themes of the field -- representation, query languages, computational geometry, spatial indexing -- using geographic information systems as the principal application domain and motivation. It will make an excellent introduction for computer science professionals and students interested in exploring GIS, or for GIS professionals interested in learning more about the computer science foundations of the field. The book is also an excellent guide to the literature, with comprehensive bibliographic notes at the end of each chapter.

-- Michael F. Goodchild
National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis

Spatial Databases is the first unified and in-depth treatment of special techniques for dealing with spatial data. Organized to focus on the specific features of spatial data that are not adequately handled by mainstream DBMS technology, this book surveys the various low-level techniques developed to address these problems, including spatial data models, algorithms, scales, and indexing methods, and takes an in-depth look at today's most prominent GIS products.

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