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SFPUG Nov.: PostGIS 2.0

For November, we are once again back at Cal!  Our first UC Berkeley presentation in 2012.

Who: Brian Hamlin of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation

What: PostGIS 2.0, the leading GIS database.

When: Nov. 13th.  food/drink at 7pm.  Presentation at 7:30pm.

Where: UC Berkeley's Soda Hall.  HP Auditorium on the 3rd Floor.

Food: Pizza sponsored by, your #1 better-than-taxicab alternative

We will have video of this event at Justin.TV if the network allows it.   Expect Video to start at around 7:30 PM.

Note: we are not allowed to bring food into the auditorium.  As such, we will be eating at tables out in the hallway starting at 7pm, and will have to leave the food behind when the presentation starts around 7:30pm.

Parking in Berkeley is always problematic, so taking BART or AC Transit is recommended.


PostGIS 2.0 is out, and is faster and more featureful than ever!  Come see a roundup of the new features of PostgreSQL's GIS extension (also the #1 GIS database), with demos.  Includes:

  • Raster data and raster/vector analysis in the database
  • Topological models to handle objects with shared boundaries
  • 3D and 4D indexing
  • Index-based high performance nearest-neighbour searching
  • Many new vector functions
  • Integration with the PostgreSQL 9.1 extension system
  • A geo-coder optimized for free US Census TIGER (2010) data

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  • Richard T.

    Just an aside; WAY back in the day, when Postgres was not yet an Open Source Project but was still being developed at Berkeley, I was a researcher there in Soda Hall, where this presentation is being given. I led a team on the BLEEDING EDGE of GIS as one of the very first to even _have_ a GIS system blended with a database engine! Our job was to blend FIVE earth science disciplines with ONE informatics environment.

    The ONLY OTHER RDMBS out there with a GIS implementation was Illustra - a commercialization of Postgres! - later bought by Informix - and their version was called "The Geospatial Datablade." My team was told by people in the DoD that we had built the world's first geospatial browser that _worked!_ Like really silly people - not clued in on the meaning of the expression - we called our geospatial browser "The New World Order!" You can just imagine what reaction _that_ got!

    See you there,

    1 · October 31, 2012

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