Oracle Spatial Developer's Guide provides usage and reference information for indexing and storing spatial data and for developing spatial applications using Oracle Spatial and Oracle Locator.

Oracle Spatial requires the Enterprise Edition of Oracle Database 11g. It is a foundation for the deployment of enterprise-wide spatial information systems, and Web-based and wireless location-based applications requiring complex spatial data management. Oracle Locator is a feature of the Standard and Enterprise Editions of Oracle Database 11g. It offers a subset of Oracle Spatial capabilities (see Appendix B for a list of Locator features) typically required to support Internet and wireless service applications and partner-based geographic information system (GIS) solutions.

The Standard and Enterprise Editions of Oracle Database 11g have the same basic features. However, several advanced features, such as extended data types, are available only with the Enterprise Edition, and some of these features are optional. For example, to use Oracle Database 11g table partitioning, you must have the Enterprise Edition and the Partitioning Option.

For information about the differences between Oracle Database 11g Standard Edition and Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition and the features and options that are available to you, see Oracle Database New Features Guide.


This guide is intended for anyone who needs to store spatial data in an Oracle database.

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