LizardTech has recently (?) released a solution (Spatial Express) to store JPEG2000 and MrSID images natively in Oracle Spatial. This brings to mind the existing and upcoming server based solutions for imagery such as EarthWhere and ESRI’s Image Server. Most of these options allow for direct access and for access through the WMS standard. For anyone who is storing imagery in SDE you know that it is useful, but I am hoping that these new solutions will provide the same step up for rasters that SDE and other spatial database have represented for vectors.
Yesterday Jesse and I were able to participate in a conference-call press preview for the upcoming Where 2.0 Conference in San Jose, CA on June 13th and 14th. Tim O’Reilly, Brady Forrest, and Nat Torkington answered questions and gave us a little taste of what’s on tap for the conference. We were able to record most of the preview, although we lost a few minutes at the beginning. Jesse is busy editing the audio, so we’ll try to get that posted as soon as we can. After it’s posted, we’ll give our own impressions as well.