Spatial Databases: What and how do we teach?

Authors: Canserina Kurnia*, Esri
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: spatial databases, curriculum, big data
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 6:20 PM
Room: Studio 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Spatial databases are a key knowledge domain that GIS students entering the workforce should have. With the massive digital transformation and explosion of big data (and any data) that needs management, traditional database concepts such as replication, versioning, querying, archiving, etc. are more important than ever, but spatial databases ought not be taught in isolation. Enterprise databases have been around for a long time but the explosion of big data and GIS as a “service”, can bring its own challenges when teaching and implementing spatial database components into curricula. Furthermore, organizations work in a more complex IT environment where there is a presence of multiple components – portals, web servers, databases – that all have to work together. We’d like to bring up a discussion on what would go into the curriculum when teaching spatial database concepts, and the importance of tying them into other applications and environments (desktop apps, servers, portals, etc.).

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