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Carol Ryder

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The Oracle OpenWorld customer call for papers (CFP) is now live on the Openworld 2016 site as of Monday April 11, and will remain open until Monday May 9.  Submit your abstracts now! Here is the link:

https://www.oracle.com/openworld/index.html

Also, some great tips for submitters from Keith Laker: http://oracle-big-data.blogspot.com/2015/03/open-world-2015-guidelines-for-call-for.html
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Tracy McLane

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Big Data Spatial and Big Data Graph and Summit ’16 Slides in the OTN!!

On Tuesday, the slides from the Oracle Spatial and Graph Summit at BIWA 2016 were posted to the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), which you can now access from the link below, with over 25 presentations and use cases covering Spatial and Graph features in the Database and Big Data platforms.

Oracle Spatial and Graph Summit at BIWA 2016  - Agenda and Presentation slides:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/options/spatialandgraph/learnmore/oracle-spatial-summit-at-biwa-2016-2881713.html

For those of you interested in Big Data Spatial and Big Data Graph, there are at least nine Big Data presentations, plus two hands-on labs from the conference as well.  This is a hot topic in GIS communities now, as it not only offers a way to optimally handle unstructured and social data in a HADOOP or NoSQL database environments, but to analyze, connect and even graph your sensor, social media feeds or raster imagery Big Data in new and exciting ways!  For those of you looking for some hands-on experience, you can supplement the OTN Big Data Lite VM with the data, slides and hands-on lab materials from the Oracle Spatial and Graph Summit at BIWA 2016 as well.  I attended both of these hands-on labs at the conference and have since downloaded the thirteen (13) Big Data Lite VM files, which are around 24.5 GB.  The additional Applying Spatial Analysis to Big Data zip file contains the data used for the hands-on lab and requires only an additional 28.2 MB of storage.

Hands On Lab materials for Big Data Spatial and Big Data Graph (includes workbooks, data file downloads, and presentation slides):
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/options/spatialandgraph/learnmore/biwa-2016-more-session-information-2889878.html
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For those of you just getting started in graph technologies, I would recommend the following books that I am finding helpful in getting me started with Oracle Graph concepts and the use of Cytoscape, an open source graph visualization tool: Graph Analysis and Visualization: Discovering Business Opportunity in Linked Data by Richard Brath, David Jonker  (Authors) http://www.amazon.com/Graph-Analysis-Visualization-Discovering-Opportunity/dp/1118845846/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456409056&sr=8-1&keywords=Graph+Analysis and Instant Cytoscape Complex Network Analysis How-to  by Gang Su (Author) http://www.amazon.com/Instant-Cytoscape-Complex-Analysis-Paperback/dp/B00ZVP7KO8/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1456409201&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=Graph+Analysis+Cytoscape+book



 And for a 2-minute introduction to graph technologies, check out these videos:

What is Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph?   
https://youtu.be/t9pJJhzZKOE
How can Graph Analytics Help my Business?    
https://youtu.be/0dJNzBi7B-k
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Tracy McLane

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Here are just a few last minute reminders for Oracle Spatial and Graph attendees at the Oracle BIWA and Spatial Summit 2016:

-Morning Receptions

Tuesday, Jan. 26th  (7:45 to 8:30 a.m.) - Registration Area
Wednesday, Jan. 27th  (7:45 to 8:30 a.m.) - Registration Area

-Birds of a Feather Session

Tuesday, Jan. 26th  (12 to 1 p.m.) - Lunch Room


These are some chances to meet other Oracle and Spatial Graph users and discuss some of the exciting topics being presented in the sessions and hands on labs…hope to see you there!
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Steve Pierce
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There's still time to register for the Oracle Spatial / BIWA Summit

The 2016 Oracle Spatial / BIWA Summit is less than two weeks away, but there's still time to register and join us at Oracle HQ in Redwood Shores.  The summit will feature more than 100 sessions and hands on labs covering a wide range of topics including Oracle Spatial, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Visualization, Warehousing and IoT.  This is the place to be if you want to learn from and interact with experts and industry leading users of Oracle technology.  Browse the session catalog, see what you'll learn http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=986 and register now http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/&fid=982
BIWA Summit 2016 Agenda (subject to change). See Sessions Page for detailed listing of Keynotes and Sessions. Click the schedule to see a PDF of the entire agenda. Click a cell in the PDF file to see the abstract for a session. BIWASummit2016Tue.png BIWASummit2016Wed.png BIWASummit2016Thu.png ...
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Nick Salem
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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 (https://blogs.oracle.com/oraclespatial/entry/tips_for_switching_between_geodetic). 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.

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Valuable tips Nick.  Thanks for sharing!
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Nick Salem
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Oracle Spatial Summit at BIWA 2016
January 26-28, 2016, Oracle Conference Center, Redwood Shores, CA
www.biwasummit.org

Oracle Spatial Summit 2016 is quickly coming up! Regular pricing ends at midnight on Jan 5th so hurry and sign up if you haven’t done so yet at http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/&fid=982. Hotel info is available at http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/&fid=973. You can preview the session schedule agenda for the 3 days at http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=986.

Here are some sample of some of the sessions =>
Spatial case studies:
Welcome Italian Census Data to the Linked Data Cloud (http://www.ioug.org/e/in/eid=82&req=info&s=2227)
Jan 27, 2016 (12:20 PM - 12:30 PM)

Assembling a Large Scale Map for the Netherlands Using Oracle 12c Spatial and Graph (http://www.ioug.org/e/in/eid=82&req=info&s=2214)
Jan 27, 2016 (10:50 AM - 11:00 AM)

Implementation of LBS services with Oracle Spatial and Mapviewer in Zain Jordan (http://www.ioug.org/e/in/eid=82&req=info&s=2210)
Jan 27, 2016 (10:10 AM - 10:20 AM)

Managing National Broadband Infrastructure at Turk Telekom with Oracle Spatial and Graph (http://www.ioug.org/e/in/eid=82&req=info&s=2213)
Jan 27, 2016 (10:40 AM - 10:50 AM)

Other tracks at the conference:
Sessions on topics like Advanced Analytics, BI/Visualization, Big Data, and Cloud Computing are also included in the conference
Check out the session catalog for more info: http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/&fid=985

Session Search. Search results only display those sessions already selected and confirmed by the speaker. New sessions are being added every week! To see current lineup of sessions, select Go after entering some filter criteria. Use keyword YesSQL! to filter to just YesSQL Summit sessions.
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Steve Pierce
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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: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B1fpDVisyfF3OGY4b3Nia3IwZVE&usp=sharing 
 
Hope to see you there next year!

Steve Pierce
Spatial and Graph SIG Chair
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Nick Salem
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Black Friday Discount for BIWA Summit 2016!!

$25 off BIWA Summit 2016
Ends Cyber Monday

Register now at http://www.ioug.org/e/in/eid=82 and save $25
Enter discount code: THANKS
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Dan Abugov

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Early Bird Registration for the BIWA and Oracle Spatial Summit 2016 ends soon.

This year's BIWA and Oracle Spatial Summit is shaping to be one of the best ever, with a lot of interesting papers already accepted.  This will be the 12th annual Oracle Spatial Conference, here are just some of the early acceptance sessions attendees will be able to see:

o    Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks with Oracle Spatial and Graph (D. Geringer, Oracle)
o    Best Practices for Developing Geospatial Apps for the Cloud (N. Salem, Neustar)
o    BI Movie Magic: Maps, Graphs, and BI Dashboards at AMC Theatres
o    Raster Analysis and Processing with Oracle Spatial and Graph (Q. Xie, Oracle)
o    3D Data Management - From Point Cloud to City Model (H. Viehmann, Oracle)

In addition, these hands-ons labs/training sessions will be available:
o    Applying Spatial Analysis to Big Data (S. Ravada/E. Kleiman, Oracle)
o    Interactive Map Visualization of Large Datasets in Analytic Applications (J. Sharma, Oracle)

To register, please go to:  http://www.ioug.org/e/in/eid=82

Hope to see you all there!
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Nick Salem
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Add These Spatial Events and Sessions to Your OOW Calendar

Spatial and Graph users will want to make note of two Spatial and Graph Special Interest Group (SIG) events and various sessions at OOW later this month. 


-- Spatial and Mapping OOW agenda summary: View online (https://events.rainfocus.com/oow15/catalog/focusOnDoc.jsp?focusId=19377) for a list of OOW sessions of particular interest to Spatial users. This list also includes the two SIG-hosted special events described below.


-- On MONDAY, join the SIG for a presentation on an open floor plan initiative that is being used to help San Francisco-area schools. This GIS Knowledge Sharing Network (KSN) Workgroup presentation will cover:
• An Open Floor Plan Initiative for Best Practices and Work Toward an OGC Standard
o Open Floor Plan Display Prospectus: http://comopview.org/ggsndocs/OFDProspectus.pdf
o OGC Presentation: http://comopview.org/ofpdmovie/
• Open Floor Plan Standard Display - Web Map Application for San Francisco-Area Schools
o Presentation of the Palo Alto Pilot: http://comopview.org/paoes2
o Demonstration of the Palo Alto Pilot: http://comopview.org/pausd
o Demonstration of Other San Francisco Applications: http://comopview.org/sfc/ 
• Opportunities to Get Involved

Event details:
• Time:  12 to 1 p.m. PDT
• Date:   Monday, Oct. 26
• Location:  Bechtel Offices, 50 Beale St., San Francisco, CA 
PLEASE NOTE: RSVPs are required for this event. Email oraclespatialsig@gmail.com by Oct. 23 if you plan to attend.


-- On WEDNESDAY, join other Spatial users—as well as members of the Oracle product management and development teams—over drinks and appetizers before the appreciation concert. In this informal meetup, you’ll be able to share your experiences and ideas, as well as ask questions of the Oracle team. 

Event details:
• Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m. PDT 
• Date: Wednesday, Oct. 28
• Location: Sam’s Grill, 374 Bush St., San Francisco, CA
PLEASE NOTE: RSVPs are required for this event. Email oraclespatialsig@gmail.com by Oct. 23 if you plan to attend.
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About this community

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.

Carol Ryder

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Oracle ranked #1 vendor for Location Intelligence / business intelligence offerings!

A new analyst report by Dresner Advisory Service on the Location Intelligence Market is now available.  Oracle is the #1 vendor for Location Intelligence / business intelligence offerings, according to an independent market research report surveying top customers in BI and ranking 19 vendors.
Copyright 2016 - Dresner Advisory Services. January 2016
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Nick Salem
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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: http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/&fid=985
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 oraclespatialsig@gmail.com.

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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It was great seeing you and other attendees as well! Be sure to check out the presentations online.
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Nick Salem
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Hurry and register for Oracle Spatial / BIWA Summit 2016

The regular price of $349 for registration expires on Monday, Jan 11 at midnight PST. Hurry and register before the prices go up. We’re expecting 400 attendees at this year’s event for a 3 day action packed conference featuring the leading experts, technologists, analysts and key members of Oracle’s product staff. If you are looking to get up to speed with the latest features, innovations, industry trends and strengthen your knowledge in Oracle Spatial & Graph capabilities as well as tap into various Oracle cloud, data warehousing, business intelligence, in-memory and SQL sessions, then this is the place to be!
$25 fee until January 11th, 2016. $150 fee Jan 12-19, 2016. Only substitutions allowed after Jan 21, 2016. For registration questions, please email biwasummit2016@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you soon! Independent Oracle Users Group 330 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60611 ...
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Dan Abugov

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The annual Oracle Spatial Summit is just a few weeks away. Held in collaboration with BIWA Summit (www.biwasummit.org) at the Oracle Conference Center at Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores, this is the premier user event for Oracle’s spatial and mapping technologies. Join us for the best Spatial & Graph technical content of the year and for valuable opportunities for networking with your peers along with Oracle Spatial and Graph developers and product managers.

Regular pricing for the conference ends at midnight!

See the full BIWA agenda at http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=986.

This year's lineup includes three hands-on lab sessions taught by Oracle developers and staff and includes a Graph session: Gain Insight into Your Graph Data: A Hands-on Lab for Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph along with two Spatial sessions: Interactive Map Visualization of Large Datasets in Analytic Applications taught by LJ Qian and Jayant Sharma and: Applying Spatial Analysis To Big Data taught by Siva Ravada and Eve Kleiman.

In addition, there are another 21 sessions devoted exclusively to Spatial and Graph technologies, in areas that include engineering, land management, transportation, government, and retail. 

Also included is full access to 4 additional tracks at the BIWA Conference including Big Data, BI, warehousing/analytics, and SQL sessions, some of which include mapping and location analytics.

This year’s speakers include: Steven Feuerstein, Andy Mendelsohn, Charlie Berger, Maria Colgan, Ragu Venkat, Jim Steiner, Dan Geringer, Mark Rittman, Dan and Tim Vlamis, and more. Topics include SQL and PL/SQL latest features, in-memory database, Oracle BI 12c, Big Data analytics, and Database and BI cloud computing.

Some session highlights include:

Sessions on Spatial and Graph Features and Best Practices 

Oracle Spatial and Graph: New Features for 12.2 (Siva Ravada, Oracle): Learn about the latest spatial analysis capabilities and performance advancements coming in release 12.2 for Oracle Spatial and Graph. 

Best Practices for Developing Geospatial Apps for the Cloud (Nick Salem, Neustar): Learn best practices and techniques for building robust, scalable, cloud-based applications using Oracle Database 12c Spatial and Graph, Partitioning, RAC, Advanced Security, and Oracle Weblogic 12c. This session includes a live demo.
 
Big Data Spatial: Location Intelligence, Geo-enrichment, and Spatial Analytics (Siva Ravada, Oracle): Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph offers analytic services and data models that support Big Data workloads on Apache Hadoop and NoSQL database technologies. The session will include an overview of these features, examples, and use cases. 

ATLAS – Utilizing Oracle Spatial and Graph with Esri for Pipeline GIS and Linear Asset Management (David Ellerbeck and Joseph Howell, Global Information Systems): Existing transmission pipeline models and data management systems pose challenges in terms of maintenance, data quality, and redundancy. An approach that centralizes spatial data management in the database with Oracle Spatial and Graph addresses those issues. Real-world customer examples from the oil and gas industry will be shared.

Oracle Spatial 12c as an Applied Science for Solving Today's Real-World Engineering Problems
(Tracy McLane, Bechtel Corporation): Bechtel's large engineering and construction projects require a vast amount of varied spatial data for real-world problem solving. This presentation will take an in-depth look at Oracle Spatial technologies used in the world of engineering.

3D Data Management - From Point Cloud to City Model (Hans Viehmann, Oracle): 3D city models are serving a variety of purposes today, from city marketing to the determination of optimal locations for photovoltaic panels to simulations of noise emission patterns. The development of large 3D city models has become economically viable after the cost of data acquisition - be it through laser scanning or image matching techniques - has gone down significantly in recent years. What remains though, is the requirement to deal with large volumes of the different types of 3D data, including 3D point clouds, TINs or 3D solids.

Register Soon!
Regular pricing for the Summit ends at midnight on Jan. 5, so sign up now! (After that date, late fees go into effect.) Sign up here: http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/&fid=982. 
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Steve Pierce
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Oracle Spatial Summit at BIWA 2016
January 26-28, 2016, Oracle Conference Center, Redwood Shores, CA
www.biwasummit.org 

The annual Oracle Spatial Summit is just over a month away. If you’ve not yet signed up, now is a great time to preview the session catalog and consider attending. I’ve highlighted a few of this year’s sessions below, and I’ve also included registration details and deadlines.

Held in collaboration with BIWA Summit, this is the premier user event for Oracle’s spatial and mapping technologies. Join us for the best technical content and valuable opportunities for networking with your peers.

The lineup includes:
9 technical sessions and 3 hands-on labs straight from Oracle developers and product managers
16 use case sessions from leading customers and partners in engineering, land management, transportation, government, and retail 
Full access to 4 additional tracks of the best Big Data, BI, warehousing/analytics, and SQL sessions from BIWA/NoCOUG

This year’s speakers include: Steven Feuerstein, Andy Mendelsohn, Maria Colgan, Ragu Venkat, Jim Steiner, Dan Geringer, Mark Rittman, and more. Topics include SQL and PL/SQL latest features, in-memory database, Oracle BI 12c, Big Data analytics, and Database and BI cloud computing.

See the full BIWA/Spatial Summit agenda here: http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=986, and check out some session highlights below.

Sessions on Spatial and Graph Features and Best Practices 

Oracle Spatial and Graph: New Features for 12.2 (Siva Ravada, Oracle): Learn about the latest spatial analysis capabilities and performance advancements coming in release 12.2 for Oracle Spatial and Graph. 

Best Practices for Developing Geospatial Apps for the Cloud (Nick Salem, Neustar): Learn best practices and techniques for building robust, scalable, cloud-based applications using Oracle Database 12c Spatial and Graph, Partitioning, RAC, Advanced Security, and Oracle Weblogic 12c. This session includes a live demo.
 
Big Data Spatial: Location Intelligence, Geo-enrichment, and Spatial Analytics (Siva Ravada, Oracle): Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph offers analytic services and data models that support Big Data workloads on Apache Hadoop and NoSQL database technologies. The session will include an overview of these features, examples, and use cases. 


Hands-on Labs 

Gain Insight into Your Graph Data: A Hands-on Lab for Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph (Zhe Wu, Oracle): This lab will show attendees how to use the key APIs to manipulate property graph data stored in either Oracle NoSQL Database or Apache HBase, perform powerful text queries to find vertices and edges of interest, and pick suitable analytics to gain insight into data. 

Interactive Map Visualization of Large Datasets in Analytic Applications (Jayant Sharma and LJ Qian, Oracle): This lab will present an approach to interactive map visualization using an HTML5-based JavaScript API. The session will include a demo of new features in the map visualization components of the Oracle Spatial and Graph product stack.


Customer and Partner Use Cases

ATLAS – Utilizing Oracle Spatial and Graph with Esri for Pipeline GIS and Linear Asset Management (David Ellerbeck and Joseph Howell, Global Information Systems): Existing transmission pipeline models and data management systems pose challenges in terms of maintenance, data quality, and redundancy. An approach that centralizes spatial data management in the database with Oracle Spatial and Graph addresses those issues. Real-world customer examples from the oil and gas industry will be shared.

Oracle Spatial 12c as an Applied Science for Solving Today's Real-World Engineering Problems
(Tracy McLane, Bechtel Corporation): Bechtel's large engineering and construction projects require a vast amount of varied spatial data for real-world problem solving. This presentation will take an in-depth look at Oracle Spatial technologies used in the world of engineering.


Experience BIWA ’16 – The Big Data and Analytics Conference 
Summit attendees have access to all sessions included in the Business Intelligence, Warehousing, and Analytics (BIWA) Summit, as well as NoCOUG’s YesSQL! event. Four full tracks of sessions and 8 hands-on labs from top speakers on the latest in BI, Big Data, and cloud computing will be offered. 


Register Soon!
Regular pricing for the Summit ends at midnight on Jan. 5, so sign up now! (After that date, late fees go into effect.) Sign up here: http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/&fid=982


Already Registered? Book Your Hotel 
Summit hotels are booking up quickly. Check out information about the venues that are still holding rooms at reduced rates for Summit attendees: http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/&fid=973
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Carol Ryder

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

Free Directions Magazine webinar by Oracle and Infotech

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.

Register here: http://www.directionsmag.com/webinars/register/discover-the-secret-of-scaleable-extensible-and-secure-geodata-managem/458927
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Anh Vu Vo

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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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Nick Salem
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Quick Recap of OOW15

Back from this year’s Oracle Openworld/JavaOne where technology enthusiasts from around the world converged onto downtown San Francisco for another action and content filled tech conference. There were a number of great Spatial & Graph technical sessions throughout the week. The week started with RDF and Graph session and then on Tuesday Oracle Spatial’s Dan Geringer was in full swing with his best practice tips in the “Deeper Analysis Than Google Maps, More Power for a GIS”. The “Meet the Experts: Oracle Spatial & Graph” session showcased interesting and innovating business use cases in the healthcare, logistics and telco industries. The week continued with more Spatial sessions that spanned Big Data, more Graph, JSON and a panel with leading Spatial & Graph practitioners. Between sessions, attendees would flock to the demo grounds where they could get one on one attention with Oracle developers and product managers. The Spatial & Graph booth was a great place to ask questions, watch demos of features and get up to speed with the latest
spatial developments. The Spatial SIG hosted a meetup over drinks at Sam's Grill, for new and old members to relax, and chat about their interests in and use of spatial technologies at their organizations. It was also great to meet users from the Oracle Spatial & Graph community from all over the world that use the technology in unique and interesting ways!

Slides for several presentations are now available at the OOW15 website. Visit https://events.rainfocus.com/oow15/catalog/oracle.jsp . Search for keyword "spatial" and click on session titles for slide downloads.
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Nick Salem
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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:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1fpDVisyfF3MS1RRzlqVDl1Rjg/view?usp=sharing
Oracle Spatial Community resources:   http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/options/spatialandgraph/community/index.html
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Look forward to seeing you, Tracy, Steve, Dan, Keith and SIG members at OOW!
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Nick Salem
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Call for Speakers – Submit Your Abstract -- FINAL DEADLINE October 31st

Oracle Spatial Summit 2016 will be held at Oracle HQ in Redwood Shores, CA, in collaboration with BIWA Summit (Jan. 26-28, 2016).  

This is the premier user event for Oracle’s spatial and mapping technologies, providing in-depth training straight from Oracle developers and attracting 100+ top customers and partners worldwide. 

Deadlines for abstract submissions and registrations are approaching! Act soon if you’d like to submit a session or sign up at this year’s lowest rates.

Do you have a use case to share with the community?  We’re looking for innovative case studies highlighting Oracle’s spatial and mapping technologies. Whether you have an enterprise GIS, or are using 3D/LIDAR, raster, vector performance, or HTML5 mapping features—in industries from land management, transportation, and utilities to retail and finance—we want to hear your story. 
Speakers are being selected on a rolling basis. Submit early for the best chance of acceptance. 

To be considered for the next abstract review round, submit your abstract by October 19th, 2015.

Final deadline for all submissions is October 31, 2015.  

To view guidelines and submit your abstract, visit the Spatial Summit submission page:  http://www.ioug.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1000

Sessions Now Published
Sessions already selected for the agenda include:

Technical Sessions from the Oracle Product Team:
Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks with Oracle Spatial and Graph (D. Geringer, Oracle)
Raster Analysis and Processing with Oracle Spatial and Graph (Q. Xie, Oracle)
3D Data Management - From Point Cloud to City Model (H. Viehmann, Oracle)

Hands-On Labs:
Applying Spatial Analysis to Big Data (S. Ravada/E. Kleiman, Oracle)
Interactive Map Visualization of Large Datasets in Analytic Applications (J. Sharma, Oracle)

Customer/Partner Sessions:
Best Practices for Developing Geospatial Apps for the Cloud (N. Salem, Neustar)
BI Movie Magic: Maps, Graphs, and BI Dashboards at AMC Theatres

Registration – Sign Up Now for Discounted Rates
Discounted registration for BIWA, Spatial, and YesSQL Summits is available through November 15th.  Register soon.

Check out the Summit site at www.biwasummit.org for registration information. 

Experience BIWA Summit 2016
Oracle Spatial Summit attendees can also experience all the best sessions, keynotes, and Hands On Labs  of the Business Intelligence, Warehousing, and Analytics (BIWA) Summit. The 2016 theme is “Big Data and Analytics,” and sessions from top speakers on the latest in BI, big data, and cloud computing will also be offered.  Published sessions and labs cover technologies like Big Data Discovery, OBIEE, Advanced Analytics - led by the top product developers and users worldwide.

The "YesSQL Summit" from the Northern California User Group will also be part of the event. 

Visit the BIWA Summit site at www.biwasummit.org for more information.
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