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Graph Databases: ARC/INFO Back to the Future

Presenter(s):  Rudy Stricklan

Abstract: 

Have you ever wished that you could assign attributes to GIS polylines based on their direction? Like, let's say single-line road networks. Attribute values can differ depending on the direction of travel: certain uphill segments of a road network may be impassable in the winter, while those same segments in the downhill direction would present no problem. There are cumbersome workarounds (like two-way linear referencing), but wouldn't it be great to have a GIS database structure that took linear directionality into account? Enter graph databases, a database model that focuses on node-to-node data relationships instead of just their connectivity. Attend this presentation and learn about a geospatial data storage technology that offers orders of magnitude faster processing times over traditional database systems.

Key Takeaway: The power of graph database architecture and how it can be applied to GIS modeling

Intended Audience: GIS Analysts, Spatial Database Architects and Database Administrators

About the presenter(s):

Rudy J. Stricklan, ME, PLS, GISP  Mr. Stricklan is a Principal with Mapping Automation, a cyberconsultancy specializing in geospatial technology. He has been involved in automated mapping and GIS activities since 1972. Mr. Stricklan is a registered Land Surveyor in Arizona, and is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP). He is an Emeritus Board Member of the Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC), and a past State Chairman for the Arizona Professional Land Surveyors Association. Mr. Stricklan has been an Adjunct Faculty Associate Lecturer at the ASU and UofA Masters in GIS degree programs, and is a Silver Diploma ME graduate of the Colorado School of Mines.