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UltraLite support for spatial data

This section introduces UltraLite spatial support and explains its purpose, describes the supported data types, and explains how to generate and analyze spatial data.

The spatial data documentation assumes you already have some familiarity with spatial reference systems and with the spatial data you intend to work with.

Spatial data is data that describes the position, shape, and orientation of objects in a defined space. UltraLite provides storage and data management features for spatial data, in the form of points, allowing you to store information such as geographic locations and routing information, for instance. Points are defined using a spatial type, ST_Geometry. You use functions and constructors to access and manipulate the spatial data. UltraLite also provides a set of SQL spatial functions designed for compatibility with other products.

A point defines a single location in space. A point geometry does not have length or area. A point always has an X and Y coordinate.

In GIS data, points are typically used to represent locations such as addresses, or geographic features such as a mountain.

 See also

Compliance with spatial standards
ST_Geometry type
Functions for spatial data