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Nick Salem
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BIWA & Spatial SIG Techcast:  Introducing Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. US CDT

Join the BIWA and Spatial SIGs for their next Techcast.   Oracle has recently released a new big data product. Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph offers a set of analytic services and data models that support Big Data workloads on Apache Hadoop and NoSQL database technologies. Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph includes two main components. A property graph database with 35 built-in graph analytics functions can discover relationships and generate recommendations and other graph patterns in big data. Spatial analysis functions and services can evaluate data based on how near or far something is to one another, or whether something falls within a boundary or region; they can also process and visualize very large geospatial map data sets and imagery. We will share an overview of the new features and use cases. Learn how developers and data scientists can manage their most challenging graph, spatial, and raster data processing in a single enterprise-class Big Data platform. 

Featured Speaker: James Steiner, Vice President, Server Technologies, Oracle

Register here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6559813181951714050
Registration is free and open to all (IOUG membership not required).
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Jean Ihm
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Larry Ellison unveils new Oracle Cloud Platform Services
Yesterday, Larry Ellison and Thomas Kurian unveiled 24+ new Oracle Cloud Platform Services, including Database, Exadata, and Big Data Cloud Services.  Spatial and Graph features are a part of these services.

*Check out the replay at http://www.oracle.com/goto/cloud-platform

*Follow the conversation on Twitter #OraclePaaS
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Tracy McLane

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Mark Your Calendars with these Oracle Spatial and Graph SIG Election Dates!
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Friday, June 5th – Last Day to Join the IOUG and Spatial and Graph SIG to be eligible to take part in SIG officer nominations and voting.
Friday, June 5th – Officer Nominations Open
Friday, June 19th – Officer Nominations Close
Friday, June 26th –Voting Polls Open on IOUG Website
Friday, July 10th – Voting Polls Close on IOUG Website at Noon
Friday, July 15th – Notification of New SIG Board Members
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Tracy McLane

Vice Chair, Spatial and Graph SIG
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Jean Ihm
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Presentations at Geospatial World Forum, Lisbon
[Reposting my colleague Hans Viehmann's LinkedIn update ]  There are various Oracle-related presentations at the Geospatial World Forum (http://www.geospatialworldforum.org) in Lisbon this week. Besides Steven Hagan's plenary session and my own presentations on Point Clouds at National Level (Big Data session) and Cloud Computing for Smart Cities (Cloud/Linked Data session) you can see a presentation by Ordnance Survey Ireland in the SDI track, a presentation by IQsoft on LiDAR data in Railways or a session on Point Cloud Classification, Visualization and Change Detection by Hasso Plattner Institute in the 3D session.

If you are at the event feel free to stop by or reach out to Hans via LinkedIn InMail.   https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/1848520-6008546601696583682
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Jean Ihm
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Announcing Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph
We have just shipped a new product:  Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph.  For over a decade, we have offered industry-leading spatial and graph analytics for Oracle Database – most of you are familiar with, and may have deep experience with this technology.  Now, we are applying that expertise to work with social network data and to exploit Big Data architectures.  Our goal is to deliver the spatial and graph capabilities that are best suited to the use cases, data sets, and workloads found in Big Data environments.   
 
Here’s what a SIG member has to say:
 
“Big Data systems are increasingly being used to process large volumes of data from a wide variety of sources. With the introduction of Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph, Hadoop users will be able to enrich data based on location and use this to harmonize data for further correlation, categorization and analysis. For traditional geospatial workloads, it will provide value-added spatial processing and allow us to support customers with large vector and raster data sets on Hadoop systems.”  
--Steve Pierce, CEO, Think Huddle

You can learn more about Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph here:

*OTN product website - http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/database-technologies/bigdata-spatialandgraph/
*Blog - https://blogs.oracle.com/bigdataspatialgraph/

We look forward to hearing feedback from you in our user community.
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Jean Ihm
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Extended to 5/6 - Oracle OpenWorld Call for Proposals Deadline
If you haven't submitted an OOW proposal yet, there is still time -- the deadline has been extended to 5/6.
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*Note -- this is the only opportunity for partner / customer session submissions -- it will not be re-opened later. Even if your topic idea is in early stages -- we encourage you to submit an early version *now for consideration.

The OpenWorld 2015 Call for Proposals is now open! We encourage customers and partners to submit your outstanding use case studies for spatial and other Oracle technologies for consideration. Deadline is April 29.

*Guidelines & submissions page: https://www.oracle.com/openworld/call-for-proposals.html

*Highly recommended -- tips for submitters from Keith Laker: http://oracle-big-data.blogspot.com/2015/03/open-world-2015-guidelines-for-call-for.html

*Also consider submitting your presentation for consideration for an IOUG track at OOW.  You can make the appropriate selection on your submission form.
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Carlos Henrique (CID)

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Hello everyone!
I was taking a look at the api mapviewew, but the link is no longer working. 
You know it is some instability of the service, or if they changed the URL?
http://slc02okf.oracle.com/mvdemo/
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Jean Ihm
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Video:  Neustar Drives Cloud-Based Analytics on Oracle Database 12c
Check out this great new video --  learn how Neustar uses Oracle Database 12c security, scalability, HA, and spatial and graph features for their cloud-based marketing analytics solution that “truly delivers on the promise of one to one marketing – without compromise.” 

Featuring Ken Inman, and our own Nick Salem, technical chair of the S&G SIG.  Nice job Nick!!  http://medianetwork.oracle.com/video/player/4097944099001
Learn how Neustar uses Oracle Database 12c security, scalability, HA, and spatial and graph features for their cloud-based marketing analytics solution that “truly delivers on the promise of one to one marketing – without compromise.”
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Jean Ihm
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Very amazed customer in Germany observing performance boost when using VPA --  from Karin Patenge, Principal Sales Consultant, Oracle
Reposting from the LinkedIn Oracle Spatial group.  Thanks for sharing, Karin!

After attending the Oracle Spatial 12c workshop in Frankfurt (Germany) a customer did enable VPA by setting DB parameter SPATIAL_VECTOR_ACCELERATION = TRUE.
Running then one of the more "painful" SQLs they were more than pleased to see execution time decreasing from 20 secs to 1sec.
What did they do:
They aggregated a selected set of geometries by using SDO_AGGR_UNION.

Hence VPA seems to be one of the easier ways to make an Oracle Database user happy... :)
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From our experience at Neustar, VPA performance gains have been phenomenal and a great motivator to upgrade to Oracle 12c!
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Nick Salem
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Recapping Spatial Summit 2015 / Save the Date for 2016

We had a great Oracle Spatial Summit on Jan. 27-28 at Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores, CA – this year, held in partnership with BIWA Summit and NoCOUG (No. California User Group). 

It was great to see those of you who joined us in person. Many thanks to the BIWA Special Interest Group (SIG) for coordinating an excellent event and to the NoCOUG community for its involvement. The combined event had close to 100 speakers and 80 sessions. Thanks also to sponsors HERE, 1Spatial, and AGSI.

The Spatial Summit offered over 20 technology and use case sessions.  Here is a sampling with links to slides:
• Building HTML5 Maps for Web Apps with MapViewer, LJ Qian, Oracle (http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=844&tid=587&sid=5301)
• Performance:  Exadata for Massive Spatial Workloads, D. Geringer, Oracle (http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=844&tid=587&sid=6275)
• Cloud-Based Analytics In Action, K. Inman, Neustar (http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=844&tid=587&sid=5311)
• Oracle BI and Geo-Spatial Big Data, T. Heljula, Peak Indicators (http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=844&tid=587&sid=5242)
• Geomarketing Analysis for Italy's Leading Supermarket Chain, M. Sacchi, Bridge Consulting (http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=844&tid=587&sid=5378)
• Innovative Approaches to Modeling GPS/GNSS Construction Data, T. McLane, Bechtel (http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=844&tid=587&sid=6295)
• Seeing Is Believing in Real Estate, O’Dierno/Bertolet, Oracle (http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=844&tid=587&sid=6291)

More 2015 Summit presentation materials are now available. View the complete session list and slides here: http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=844. Scroll down the page to "Spatial Summit.”

If you attended the Summit, we would appreciate your feedback to help us improve next year's event. Take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Summit15Survey


Save the Date – Join Us for Oracle Spatial Summit at BIWA 2016 
Save the date for next year's Oracle Spatial Summit, scheduled for Jan. 26-28, 2016, at the same Oracle Conference Center on the Oracle HQ Campus. We will be partnering with the BIWA Summit and NoCOUG again next year as well!   

Watch the BIWA site at www.biwasummit.org for more information.  We'll also announce details throughout the year on LinkedIn and Google+.


Join the Spatial User Community
A reminder, the Spatial SIG user group provides opportunities to share technical information and experiences, both at national/regional events and on social media. We welcome your topic ideas, thoughts, and interests. 
• Join our online communities:  LinkedIn Oracle Spatial and Graph Group or Google+ Spatial and Graph Group
• Learn more about worldwide user groups 

Interested in getting more involved?  We're always seeking members to contribute technical tips and participate in meetups. Contact us at oraclespatialsig@gmail.com. 


Upcoming Free Events
Directions presents the webinar “Unlock the Hidden Value of Enterprise Data with HERE Maps and Oracle Business Analytics” with Dan Abugov, Antony Heljula, and Hans Viehmann on Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. Central time. See http://www.directionsmag.com/webinars/ to register.

The BIWA Summit session “Data Visualization for Oracle Business Intelligence” will be presented again by Dan and Tim Vlamis as a BIWA Techcast on Feb. 17 at 12 p.m. Central time.  See https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5120261088112160258 to register for the event.

Photos courtesy of Dan Vlamis and Jean Ihm.
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Thanks Nick! Excellent Summit this year. Many thanks to Dan Vlamis, Shyam Nath, and BIWA for their hard work and support. Hope to see folks next Jan 26-28 back at Oracle HQ for Summit 2016!!
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The Oracle Spatial and Graph SIG was formed to bring together the family of Oracle Spatial and Graph professionals to promote interaction and communication that can drive the market for spatial technology and data in the enterprise. The SIG aims to create a forum for the exchange of technical information and best practices, encourage community members’ participation in industry events and foster strategic and technical collaboration between the community and Oracle.

Steve Pierce
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Spatial Summit at BIWA 2016: Call for Speakers Opens 

We want to hear your story—and invite you to submit your proposal for Oracle Spatial Summit 2016.  

Once again, we’re teaming up 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.” 

We’re looking for innovative use cases for Oracle Spatial and Graph and MapViewer from your industry or business function—whether it’s a GIS in land management or utilities, or a retail or business intelligence application. More abstract guidelines and suggested topic areas are available at the conference site.  

Don’t wait to submit—sessions are being accepted on a rolling basis and will be published early in the online agenda. Proposals will be accepted through Monday evening, November 2, 2015, at midnight EST.

Check out the conference site for guidelines and to submit your abstract. 
http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/&fid=987
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Jean Ihm
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IOUG BIWA SIG TechCast June 4: What’s New in OBIEE 11.1.1.9
An interesting session for BI users will be held on June 4, in the TechCast series from IOUG BIWA SIG (BI, Warehousing, Analytics), partner organization to the Spatial SIG. You may see a map in the session as well.

IOUG BIWA SIG Webcast: What’s New in OBIEE 11.1.1.9
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5248599386170499074

Join Dan Vlamis, Oracle ACE Director, as he breaks down the new 11.1.1.9 (terminal 11g) release of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition. Expect a fast-paced presentation with a live demo full of both “what” and “why” on as many of the most compelling new features as time allows including:

• Sessions tracking in usage tracking
• New Aggregation features including count distinct, chronological key, skip and ragged hierarchies
• Hadoop Impala as a data source for faster integration with Hadoop
• New OOB Visuals
• New Custom Style Feature
• Saved calculations in Webcat
• Session variables for hierarchical
• HTML 5 charts – configurable
• Subject area search
• New tree map visualization
• Pivot table – vertical view
• Export to Excel – multi-sheet, status

This live demonstration has been developed in collaboration with the Oracle BI SampleApp team and will include some upcoming features of Oracle BI SampleApp virtual machine image, including:

• 12c DB Count Distinct
• OBIEE + Big Data SQL
• OBIEE + Impala
• New visualizations
• New BI Mobile App Developer apps
• (many more that we will not have time to show)

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5248599386170499074
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Steven Serra

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interRel senior consultant Wayne van Sluys knows exactly where he is -- and who he is -- in this 2 Minute Tech Tip devoted to maps, data, spatial analytics, and business intelligence.
interRel senior consultant Wayne van Sluys knows exactly where he is -- and who he is -- in this 2 Minute Tech Tip devoted to maps, data, spatial
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Tracy McLane

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SIG Elections Start Soon / Reminder on Eligibility
 
The Oracle Spatial and Graph Special Interest Group (SIG) will soon open its 2015 call for nominations for Board of Directors members.
 
SIG Board members help facilitate communities on LinkedIn and Google+, plan SIG gatherings at national and regional events, and promote educational opportunities throughout the year.
 
If you’d like to take part in the nominations and voting: you MUST be an official member of IOUG and the Spatial and Graph SIG in order to participate. 
 
Instructions on confirming your membership or joining are below. Please sign up soon – nominations will begin in early June!
 
Tracy McLane
Vice Chair, Spatial and Graph SIG
 
 
* If you’d like to opt out of future mailings, please respond to this message with “UNSUBSCRIBE” in the subject line.*
 
 
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Think you’re already an official member? 
Confirm your membership by doing the following:
1. Log in to IOUG’s site: http://www.ioug.org/l/li/in/
2. After you’re logged in, go to the SIG page: http://www.ioug.org/sigs
3. Scroll down to “Spatial.”
  -- If you’re already a member, a “Member” link will display.
  -- If you’re an IOUG member but not yet a Spatial & Graph SIG member, click “Request to Join” next to Spatial.
 
Need to join?
Membership is FREE. Just follow these steps:
1. Visit IOUG’s membership page: http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=401 
2. Select a membership type. (The FREE Associate membership is near the bottom of the page.)
3. Complete the enrollment process.
4. After you have an IOUG login, go to the SIG page: http://www.ioug.org/sigs
5. Scroll down to “Spatial.”
6. Click “Request to Join” next to Spatial.
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SIG Elections Begin Soon – Eligibility Reminder
 
Just a quick note for anyone who’s interested in participating in the upcoming Spatial and Graph SIG Board of Directors elections: You MUST be an official member of IOUG and the Spatial and Graph SIG in order to take part in nominations and voting.
 
Instructions on confirming your membership or joining (FREE) are below. Please sign up before noon this Friday if you’d like to participate.
 
SIG Board members help facilitate communities like this, plan SIG gatherings at national and regional events, and promote educational opportunities throughout the year. We hope you’ll consider participating!
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Jean Ihm
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Check out this CIO Online article - Oracle zeroes in on Hadoop data with new spatial & graph analytics tool
http://www.cio.com/article/2922853/oracle-zeroes-in-on-hadoop-data-with-new-analytics-tool.html
More info to come soon....
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Jean Ihm
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*Deadline Reminder- Submit your Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Proposal by April 29!
Reminder to submit your proposal by April 29th.
*Note -- this is the only opportunity for partner / customer session submissions -- it will not be re-opened later. Even if your topic idea is in early stages -- we encourage you to submit an early version *now for consideration. 

The OpenWorld 2015 Call for Proposals is now open! We encourage customers and partners to submit your outstanding use case studies for spatial and other Oracle technologies for consideration. Deadline is April 29.

*Guidelines & submissions page: https://www.oracle.com/openworld/call-for-proposals.html

*Highly recommended -- tips for submitters from Keith Laker: http://oracle-big-data.blogspot.com/2015/03/open-world-2015-guidelines-for-call-for.html

This blog entry from Keith Laker of Oracle contains valuable insider tips to maximize your chance of acceptance at OOW. Recommended reading for all submitters.
Hope to see you at OpenWorld!
Get notified when the 2015 Call For Proposals goes live.
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Jean Ihm
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Oracle OpenWorld 2015: Call for Proposals is Now Open
The OpenWorld 2015 Call for Proposals is now open!  We encourage customers and partners to submit your outstanding use case studies for spatial and other Oracle technologies for consideration.  Deadline is April 29.

*Guidelines & submissions page:  https://www.oracle.com/openworld/call-for-proposals.html

*Highly recommended -- tips for submitters from Keith Laker:  http://oracle-big-data.blogspot.com/2015/03/open-world-2015-guidelines-for-call-for.html

This blog entry from Keith Laker of Oracle contains valuable insider tips to maximize your chance of acceptance at OOW.  Recommended reading for all submitters.  
Hope to see you at OpenWorld!
Get notified when the 2015 Call For Proposals goes live.
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Nick Salem
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Using SDO_UTIL Functions to Construct Geodetic Shapes
Oracle Spatial & Graph provides some nice helper functions that one can use to construct various shapes on geodetic surfaces.  At Neustar, we leverage these capabilities to create square and hexagonal grids for thematic coloring of an area of interest.  Check out the following blog post for more details and a quick usage example.
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Great tip - thanks, Nick!
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Jean Ihm
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Free 2 day Exadata Conference sessions from IOUG - Feb. 11 & 12
Check out sessions from the free Exadata Virtual Conference from IOUG. Learn more & register here -- http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=453
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Jean Ihm
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All your training data on Garmin's Connect website is analyzed by Oracle's in-database analytics, including Oracle's Spatial and Graph feature, and it all runs super fast on Exadata

Thanks to Keith Laker for this post & video link on the Oracle Data Warehouse Professionals Group!

Keith Laker, Senior Principal Product Manager, Data Warehousing and Big Data at Oracle Corporation
If like me you use Garmin's excellent Connect training portal (connect.garmin.com) then you will definitely want to watch this latest video from our Exadata team. Did you know that all that analysis of your training data is powered by key features in the Oracle Database such as Oracle Spatial and Graph? 

Well, it's all powered by Oracle and it runs amazingly fast on our Exadata platform. Watch the video and be amazed (and feel free to connect with me on the Garmin site):

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid62612523001?bctid=4005800876001&playerType=single-social&size=c23?msgid=gcp-0215-Exadata

Also - here's a cool video of Garmin's Edge1000 in action: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpjbhe5HJaE
Learn how Garmin has selected Oracle Exadata to address some of its performance issued and how Oracle Exadata has helped Garmin be a market leader.
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