The Past, Present and Future of GIS: PostGIS 2.0 Is Here!

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 12, 2013 7:33 AM EDT
Linux Journal; By Stefano Iacovella
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Extend PostgreSQL's capabilities with PostGIS 2.0 and discover all the magic of spatial databases. Even if you're unfamiliar with GIS, I am pretty sure you know what Web mapping is. GIS stands for geographical information systems, and it originated in the early 1970s as a set of tools and techniques for scientists (cartographers, land planners and biologists). Since then, the field has been experiencing an amazing evolution, as in many other computer-related fields. One of the most revolutionary things is that now maps, and especially Web mapping, are a common experience for millions of people in everyday life. Not only in the past few years have we seen people using more and more mapping apps, there has been an explosion in personal Web mapping. Today, a lot of blogs and personal Web sites have maps.

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