Most people are starting to finally understand the importance of Location Based Services, but surprisingly, a huge majority is unaware of the advantages of using a database that supports spatial concepts.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been around for decades, but they are barely starting to become popular due to the increased ubiquity of geo-enabled devices in our everyday lives.
The purpose of this talk is to introduce the attendees to the difference between “traditional” databases vs. “spatial” databases.
We will present PostGIS – the PostgreSQL spatial extension – and explain why you should take a hard look at it if your next project involves location. We will finalize by showing various demos that are meant to get you thinking differently about geo-problems.
For the past decade, Ragi has worked on projects to build/revamp/maintain core technologies/data pipelines for different multinational companies as well as provided solutions for organizations like the National GeoSpatial Agency (formerly NIMA), National Geographic, United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, Navteq, TeleAtlas, ESRI, Microsoft and several International Governments.
Currently, he runs his own geospatial consulting company and during his spare time, he is an avid advocate of OSGeo where he promotes the use of Open Source Geospatial solutions.
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