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Python Geospatial Development - Second Edition by Erik Westra

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Chapter 6. GIS in the Database

This chapter examines the various open source options for storing geospatial data in a database. More specifically, we will cover:

  • The concept of a spatially-enabled database
  • Spatial indexes and how they work
  • A summary of the major open-source spatial databases
  • Recommended best practices for storing spatial data in a database
  • Working with geospatial databases using Python

This chapter is intended to be an introduction to using databases in a geospatial application; Chapter 7, Working with Spatial Data, will build on this to perform powerful spatial queries that are not possible using shapefiles and other geospatial data files.

Spatially-enabled databases

In a sense, almost any database can be used to store geospatial data: ...

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