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10g Release 2 (10.2)

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B Oracle Locator

Oracle Locator (also referred to as Locator) is a feature of Oracle Database 10g Standard Edition. Locator provides core features and services available in Oracle Spatial. It provides significant capabilities typically required to support Internet and wireless service-based applications and partner-based GIS solutions. Locator is not designed to be a solution for geographic information system (GIS) applications requiring complex spatial data management. If you need capabilities such as linear referencing, spatial functions, or coordinate system transformations, use Oracle Spatial instead of Locator.

Like Spatial, Locator is not designed to be an end-user application, but is a set of spatial capabilities for application developers.

Locator is available with both the Standard and Enterprise Editions of Oracle Database 10g. Spatial is a priced option available only with Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition. Spatial includes all Locator features as well as other features that are not available with Locator.

The installation of Locator depends on the successful and proper installation of Oracle interMedia. interMedia is installed and configured with Oracle Database 10g, although you can install interMedia manually if necessary, as documented in Oracle interMedia User's Guide. During the installation of interMedia, Locator is installed.

In general, Locator includes the data types, operators, and indexing capabilities of Oracle Spatial, along with a limited set of the functions and procedures of Spatial. The Locator features include the following:

For information about spatial concepts, the SDO_GEOMETRY object type, and indexing and loading spatial data, see Chapters 1 through 4 in this guide. For reference and usage information about features supported by Locator, see the chapter or section listed in Table B-1.

Table B-1 Spatial Features Supported for Locator

Spatial Feature Described in

Function-based spatial indexing

Section 9.2

Table partitioning support for spatial indexes (including splitting, merging, and exchanging partitions and their indexes)

Section 4.1.4 and Section 4.1.5

Geodetic data support

Section 6.2 and Section 6.7

SQL statements for creating, altering, and deleting indexes

Chapter 10

Parallel spatial index builds (PARALLEL keyword with ALTER INDEX REBUILD and CREATE INDEX statements) (new with release 9.2)

Chapter 10

SDO_GEOMETRY object type methods

Section 2.3

Spatial operators (including SDO_JOIN, which is technically a table function but is documented with the operators)

Chapter 11

Implicit coordinate system transformations for operator calls where a window needs to be converted to the coordinate system of the queried layer.

Chapter 11

SDO_AGGR_MBR spatial aggregate function

Chapter 12

Coordinate system support for explicit geometry and layer transformations (SDO_CS.TRANSFORM function and SDO_CS.TRANSFORM_LAYER procedure)

Chapter 13


Chapter 15

Package (SDO_MIGRATE) to upgrade data from previous Spatial releases to the current release

Chapter 17

Tuning functions and procedures (SDO_TUNE package)

Chapter 19

Spatial utility functions (SDO_UTIL package)

Chapter 20

Object replication

Oracle Database Advanced Replication

Graphical tool for tuning spatial quadtree indexes (Spatial Index Advisor integrated application in Oracle Enterprise Manager)

Online help for Oracle Enterprise Manager

Table B-2 lists Spatial features that are not supported for Locator, with the chapter in this guide or the separate manual that describes the feature.

Table B-2 Spatial Features Not Supported for Locator

Spatial Feature Described in

SDO_GEOM package functions and procedures, except for those listed in Table B-1

Chapter 15

Spatial aggregate functions, except for any listed in Table B-1

Chapter 12

Linear referencing system (LRS) support

Chapter 7 (concepts and usage) and Chapter 16 (reference)

Spatial analysis and mining functions and procedures (SDO_SAM package)

Chapter 18

Geocoding support (SDO_GCDR package)

Chapter 5 (concepts and usage) and Chapter 14 (reference)

GeoRaster support

Oracle Spatial GeoRaster

Topology data model

Oracle Spatial Topology and Network Data Models

Network data model

Oracle Spatial Topology and Network Data Models

Although Locator is available on both the Standard and Enterprise Editions of Oracle Database 10g, some Locator features requires database features that are not available or are limited on the Standard Edition. Some of those Locator features and their availability are listed in Table B-3.

Table B-3 Feature Availability with Standard and Enterprise Editions

Feature Standard/Enterprise Edition Availability

Parallel spatial index builds

Supported with Enterprise Edition only.

Multimaster replication of SDO_GEOMETRY objects

Supported with Enterprise Edition only. (Single master/materialized view replication for SDO_GEOMETRY objects is supported with both Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition. See Oracle Database Advanced Replication for more information.)

Partitioned spatial indexes

Requires the Partitioning Option with Enterprise Edition. Not supported with Standard Edition.