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Spatial Databases

  1. Vijay Gandhi,
  2. James M. Kang,
  3. Shashi Shekhar

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470050118.ecse408

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

How to Cite

Gandhi, V., Kang, J. M. and Shekhar, S. 2008. Spatial Databases. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. 1–22.

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  1. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2008


Spatial database research has continued to advance greatly in the last three decades addressing the growing data management and analysis needs of spatial applications. This research has produced a taxonomy of models for space, conceptual models, spatial query languages and query processing, spatial file organization and indexes, and spatial data mining. However, emerging needs for spatial database systems include the handling of 3-D spatial data, temporal dimension with spatial data, and spatial data visualization. In addition, the rise of new systems such as sensor networks and multicore processors is likely to have an impact in spatial databases. The goal of this article is to provide a broad overview of the recent advancements in spatial databases and of research needs in each area.


  • spatial database;
  • database research;
  • data management;
  • 3-d data;
  • spatial application;
  • spatial query languages