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Recapping Spatial Summit 2016

It was great to see many of you at the Oracle Spatial Summit this week!

Pairing the Spatial Summit with the BIWA (Business Intelligence, Warehousing, and Analytics) Summit again this year gave attendees access to sessions on topics like Big Data, BI, Cloud Computing, and Data Warehousing/ETL. Our Spatial track included technical sessions, use cases, and a number of hands-on labs.

Presentations Are Going Live
Presentations are beginning to be posted on the conference site:
Scroll to the Spatial and Graph section.
Click “Details” next to a presentation title.
If a session has been posted, you’ll be able to click the “Download File” button and view the presenter’s slides.

Let Us Know What You Thought
If you were there, let us know your thoughts on the Summit and share your ideas about how we can make it even better in 2017. Either post here or email the Board directly at

Stay Tuned
SIG Board members will be sharing other recaps from the Summit soon.

If you were there, we encourage you to share your experiences as well!

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Tips for Switching Between Geodetic and Mercator Projections

If you work with multiple coordinate projections and have a need to seamless switch between one projection to another, then I recommend taking a look at the blog post ( In the post, I share some of the experiences we at Neustar have had with dealing with the geodetic and Mercator projection. I also go over some details to pay attention to and some tips to maximize performance and storage. Let us know if you also work with multiple coordinate projections and if you have any experiences, feedback or tips that may be helpful to share.

January 20 Webinar: Discover the Secret of Scalable, Extensible and Secure Geodata Managment

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. US EST

Learn how Infotech, a solutions provider in Turkey, has developed scalable spatial data management platforms based on Oracle spatial technologies. These highly scalable, secure, cloud-ready platforms for geospatial applications are built on Oracle Database, Oracle Spatial and Graph option, Fusion Middleware and Exadata.

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Photos from OOW 2015 – SIG Events and Spatial Sessions

It was great to see everyone at OpenWorld last month! 

The Oracle Spatial and Graph Special Interest Group (SIG)-hosted events brought together those who have been working with Spatial for some time, as well as others who are new to the community. 
• On our Monday “field trip” to Bechtel, we learned about an open floor plan initiative that’s being used to help San Francisco-area schools. 
• Later in the week, our Sam’s Grill meetup was a great opportunity to talk with other Spatial users and members of the Oracle product team.
Within the conference, sessions like “Meet the Experts” and “Practitioners and Experts Speak” featured leaders in Spatial and Graph technologies. Attendees were able to share their own experiences, as well as learn from others in the community.

Check out the SIG’s photo album from this year’s events: 
Hope to see you there next year!

Steve Pierce
Spatial and Graph SIG Chair

Hi everyone,
I'm a PhD candidate in Ireland working with laser scanning data. I have a couple of technical questions about the point cloud data type (SDO_PC). Would anybody in this forum willing to take the questions please? I will explain in detail when getting a right contact.
Many thanks.

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Video - What can the Oracle Spatial SIG offer you?

Would you like to learn more about what the Oracle Spatial SIG user group has to offer?  Check out this video with Tracy McLane (Bechtel) and Nick Salem (Neustar) of the SIG Board.  They'll share their experiences, and technical resources, events, and networking opportunities from the SIG -- including OpenWorld and the Oracle Spatial Summit at BIWA in January 2016. 

Watch the video:
Oracle Spatial Community resources:

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BIWA / Oracle Spatial & Graph Summit 2016 - Call for Speakers

We want to hear your Oracle technology success story.  There’s still time to submit but act soon for the opportunity to get selected. See for more details.

Also don’t forget to take advantage of the “Super” Early Bird registration for $249.  This special rate is only available till Tuesday, Sept 15th 2015.  Head out to to book today and save $100.

Spatial and Graph SIG Selects Board Members

In voting during July, members of the Oracle Spatial and Graph Special Interest Group (SIG) selected 

Board members for the 2015-2016 year:

Chair: Steve Pierce (Think Huddle)

Vice Chair: Tracy McLane (Bechtel Corporation)

Business Leadership Chair: Dan Abugov (HERE)

Communications Chair: Keith Bingham (Ball Aerospace)

Technical Chair: Nick Salem (Neustar)

Oracle Liaison: Jean Ihm (Oracle)

The SIG is currently planning meetups at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld. The SIG is also looking ahead to 

next year’s Spatial and Graph Summit (Jan. 26-28, 2016 / Redwood Shores, CA) and planning events 


To get involved, visit the SIG’s site and sign up for membership (free!).

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Register Now for Spatial Summit 2016

Hi Everyone,

Now is a great time to sign up for the 2016 Oracle Spatial and Graph Summit and take advantage of the (early) early bird ($249) registration deal.

This low rate won’t be available for long. If you or someone you know has attended the Summit in the past then we trust you already know how useful this conference is to get to see what others are doing with Oracle Spatial and Graph, learn about new features and capabilities, and have the opportunity to meet with the Oracle Spatial and Graph product team.  Now is the time to sign up. 

The Summit is again being held in conjunction with the Business Intelligence, Warehousing, and Analytics (BIWA) Summit at Oracle HQ in Redwood Shores, CA (Jan. 26-28, 2016). This year’s theme is “The Oracle Big Data + Analytics Conference.”  Spatial and Graph will again have a dedicated track within the overall conference.

See the conference site for more information:

Register here:

Also: Are you interested in presenting at the Summit? Abstracts are still being accepted! For more information, see:
• Overall abstract guidelines: 
• Spatial and Graph track guidelines: 

Thank you,

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BIWA Virtual Conference July 30-31 | Spatial & Graph Sessions
BIWA SIG is hosting a free Virtual Conference on July 30-31, with several great sessions on the latest Big Data, BI, Database, and Spatial & Graph technologies. Join any or all sessions, right from your desk.

View the agenda & register:

Presentations include:
* Italian Ministry of Labor & Social Policy -- A Journey to Digital Government - Nicola Sandoli, ICONSULTING (July 30, 10am US CDT). In this innovative case study, Oracle Exalytics, BI, Endeca, and Spatial & Graph technologies support a centralized data warehouse and rich analytics - that are transforming government service delivery to constituents.

*Graph Data Management and Analytics for Big Data - Bill Beauregard & Zhe Wu, Oracle (July 31, 10am US CDT). Learn about Oracle's new graph database and rich graph analytics that support workloads on Apache Hadoop and NoSQL technologies - to discover relationships and patterns, and generate recommendations from social network data.

Other sessions include:
What’s new in Oracle EPM and BI Infrastructure
Exadata: Elastic Configurations and IaaS – Private Cloud
The State of Internet of Things (IoT)
Big Data Analytics with Oracle Advanced Analytics 12c and Big Data SQL
Why Oracle Database In-Memory? Use Cases and Overview
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