Geospatial data management in apache spark: A tutorial

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The volume of spatial data increases at a staggering rate. This tutorial comprehensively studies how existing works extend Apache Spark to uphold massive-scale spatial data. During this 1.5 hour tutorial, we first provide a background introduction of the characteristics of spatial data and the history of distributed data management systems. A follow-up section presents the common approaches used by the practitioners to extend Spark and introduces the vital components in a generic spatial data management system. The third, fourth and fifth sections then discuss the ongoing efforts and experience in spatial-temporal data, spatial data analytics and streaming spatial data, respectively. The sixth part finally concludes this tutorial to help the audience better grasp the overall content and points out future research directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 IEEE 35th International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2019
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538674741
StatePublished - Apr 2019
Event35th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2019 - Macau, China
Duration: Apr 8 2019Apr 11 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Data Engineering
ISSN (Print)1084-4627


Conference35th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, ICDE 2019


  • Apache spark
  • Distributed computing
  • Geospatial data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Information Systems


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