The VLDB Journal

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 357–399

An introduction to spatial database systems

  • Ralf Hartmut Güting

DOI: 10.1007/BF01231602

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Güting, R.H. VLDB Journal (1994) 3: 357. doi:10.1007/BF01231602


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 listing open problems.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralf Hartmut Güting
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  1. 1.Praktische Informatik IVFern Universität HagenHagenGermany