Spatial databases accomplishments and research needs

Shashi Shekhar, Sanjay Chawla, Siva Ravada, Andrew Fetterer, Xuan Liu, Chang Tien Lu

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Spatial databases, addressing the growing data management and analysis needs of spatial applications such as Geographic Information Systems, have been an active area of research for more than two decades. This research has produced a taxonomy of models for space, spatial data types and operators, spatial query languages and processing strategies, as well as spatial indexes and clustering techniques. However, more research is needed to improve support for network and field data, as well as query processing (e.g., cost models, bulk load). Another important need is to apply spatial data management accomplishments to newer applications, such as data warehouses and multimedia information systems. The objective of this paper is to identify recent accomplishments and associated research needs of the near term.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-55
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Databases
  • Geographic information systems
  • Multidimensional
  • Object-relational
  • Spatial databases


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