This book by leading experts in the field provides readers with a wide range of applications and methods for spatial database management systems, and allows readers to gain hands-on experience with examples in the book. It balances theory (cutting-edge research) and practice (commercial trends) to provide a comprehensive and clear overview. Includes coverage of GIS application trends as spatial networks; discussion of spatial data mining; overview of OGIS standard spatial datatypes and operations; object-relational database framework applied in each chapter. For professionals in the field of Databases, Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Remote Sensing, Multimedia Information, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Forestry, CAD/CAM, Health Informatics, and Natural Resource Management.
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This inter-disciplinary comprehensive text shows how to manage spatial data in GIS, CAD, and multimedia systems and their application domains. This book helps readers master various stages of traditional spatial database design and implementation, introducing conceptual models (e.g. pictogram-enhanced ERD), explaining query languages (e.g. OGIS, SQL3), and finally describing efficient implementations using query optimization algorithms as well as spatial storage and indexing methods (e.g. R-trees). For students or professionals, this book balances cutting-edge research and practice to provide many firsts.
Shashi Shekhar, an authority on spatial databases, is a professor and the head of the Spatial Database Research Group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota. Shashi has published numerous articles and has advised many organizations on spatial database issues. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sanjay Chawla is a Senior Technical Instructor with Vignette Corporation in Waltham, Massachusetts. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Tennessee.
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