What is Oracle Spatial?
Oracle Spatial forms a separately-licensed option component of the Oracle Database. Oracle “Spatial” is the Oracle Database Server capability to store all sorts of “Location” data. Oracle Spatial aids users in managing geographic and location-data in a native type within an Oracle database, potentially supporting a wide range of applications from automated mapping/facilities-management and geographic information systems (GIS), to wireless location services and location-enabled e-business.
Why is spatial so cool?
It is fairly easy to “location-enable” your own data by just adding a “spatial” column to your table and add location related data and you are set to show your data in a map (admittedly you have to define a spatial index and wire it to the spatial functions by inserting the table name into the spatial_metadata_view).
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