An Introduction to Spatial Database Systems

Ralf Hartmut Güting

Praktische Informatik IV, FernUniversität Hagen, D-58084 Hagen, Germany

Abstract: We propose a definition of a spatial database system as a database system that offers spatial data types in its data model and query language and supports spatial data types in its implementation, providing at least spatial indexing and spatial join methods. Spatial database systems offer the underlying database technology for geographic information systems and other applications. We survey data modeling, querying, data structures and algorithms, and system architecture for such systems. The emphasis is on describing known technology in a coherent manner rather than on listing open problems.

Published: Invited Contribution to a Special Issue on Spatial Database Systems, VLDB Journal 3 (1994), 357-399.