Spatial Technology

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Spatial Software

# Software Description Vendor License
1 ESRI ArcCatalog

Catalog of datasets for Arc Desktop

ESRI Licensable
2 ESRI ArcMap

Mapping editor for Arc Desktop

ESRI Licensable
3 ArcGIS Server

Server providing Arc data. (aka ArcServer)

ESRI Licensable


4 Mapserver

Catalog of datasets for Arc Desktop

Uni. of Minnesota Open
5 MapGuide

Server providing geodata.

Autodesk Open
6 GeoServer

Server providing geodata.

GeoServer Community Open
7 Mapfinder

Server providing geodata.

NA NA
8 Google Maps

Service providing geodata.

Google Licensable
9 Google Earth

Service providing geodata.

Google Licensable
10 RedSpider

Service providing geodata.

Iconic Software NA


10 Quantum GIS

Open source desktop client supporting a large variety of spatial formats.

Quantum GIS NA


11 PostGIS

Extension to PosgreSQL DB to spatially enable it.

PostGIS NA


Spatial Schema

As seem in Data Architecture, there are a variety of spatial database schemas available. This data is stored differently from Spatial file-based systems.

The schema works with database oriented aspects of spatial data.


Typical spatial data tables would include the tables below. This is adopted from Oracle Spatial, which has well-defined data constructs.


Spatial Technology

Spatial Datastore

Spatial Calculations

Looking at things like Poylgons, Algebra, Sets