Manage spatial data with Microsoft SQL Server
What you'll learn
- Students who complete this task will be comfortable writing traditional SQL and spatial SQL within SQL Server. They will understand how to address different data types, functions, and SQL workflows for traditional and spatial data operations.
- While it is not an absolute necessity, students taking this course should be familiar with spatial data concepts and have some familiarity with database technology.
Are you a database user who wants to learn about spatial data analytics? Are you a GIS professional stuck in a rut of only knowing how to use a GIS GUI? Do you want to learn how to automate tasks, but are afraid of computer programming. If so, SQL is the most powerful tool you can learn to help you perform complex GIS tasks. This course is designed to teach you how to write SQL to replicate many database and GIS tasks using Microsoft's SQL Server. We will start at a very basic overview, and then proceed to more advanced topics related to GIS.
Through a series of lectures, I will work side-by-side with you to develop SQL queries in SQL Server that perform advanced GIS tasks, some of which might be impossible to perform in the GUI. Once my students learn GIS, they very rarely want to return back to using the GUI.
By writing SQL code alongside me, you will see how solving GIS tasks in SQL is like a second nature. This is a very comprehensive course that should take multiple days to complete - but don't worry about that - you will be having a lot of fun learning how powerful SQL can be, and continually ask yourself "why didn't I start using SQL sooner!"
Who this course is for:
- This course is targeted toward database professionals who want to learn how to leverage spatial data constructs within SQL Server to solve spatial problems. While there are many databases that support spatial constructs, this course will focus on the use of SQL Server to accomplish these tasks.
Dr. Arthur J. Lembo, Jr. is an educator with a passion for GIS and almost 30 years of GIS industry experience. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious New York State Chancellors award for Excellence in Teaching (2006), and the Maryland Board of Regents Teaching Award (2018) - both of these awards are the highest awards in academia for both States.
Currently, Dr. Lembo is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Geosciences at Salisbury University, where he is also the Technical Director of the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative. Dr. Lembo has published numerous academic papers on GIS, authored a leading textbook on Statistical Problem Solving in Geography, and conducted sponsored research for organizations like the National Science Foundation, NASA, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Kellogg Foundation.