Spatial database management deals with the storage, indexing, and querying of data with spatial features, such as location and geometric extent.
Many applications require the efficient management of spatial data, including Geographic Information Systems, Computer Aided Design, and Location Based Services.
The goal of this book is to provide the reader with an overview of spatial data management technology, with an emphasis on indexing and search techniques.
It first introduces spatial data models and queries and discusses the main issues of extending a database system to support spatial data.
It presents indexing approaches for spatial data, with a focus on the R-tree.
Query evaluation and optimization techniques for the most popular spatial query types (selections, nearest neighbor search, and spatial joins) are portrayed for data in Euclidean spaces and spatial networks. The book concludes by demonstrating the ample application of spatial data management technology on a wide range of related application domains: management of spatio-temporal data and high-dimensional feature vectors, multi-criteria ranking, data mining and OLAP, privacy-preserving data publishing, and spatial keyword search.