PostGIS SoC Ideas 2007

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Ideas for Google Summer of Code students wanting to work on PostGIS

Topology model and operations

The project consists in providing a standardized interface for storing topology information, that is sets of Edges, Nodes, Areas and their relations in constituting a Feature. There's already a draft implementation of the model, what can be done is (in random order):

  • Implementing topological operation directly using the topology model rather then converting input to simple Geometries.
  • Import from / export to popular topology data formats (ie: TIGER)

Network model and operations

The project is aimed at providing a standardized interface for topological network information storage and operations. Tipical use would be modeling communication networks, composed by Links and Nodes, and performing tasks such as least cost path finding.

Coverage model and operations

Allow storage and operations on coverage (raster-like) data.

GEOS performance improvements

The GEOS C++ library suffers from a design too closely bound to it's Java-implemented parent, JTS. This approach has introduced an unnecessary overhead throughout the whole operations flow due to excessive dynamic polymorphism and heap allocations. Redesigning the most used subsystems could improve the overall performance. Random ideas:

  • Redesign index classes using a templated approach.
  • Enforce use of standard algorithms wherever appropriate.

Potential Mentors

Developers in the PostGIS community who would be interested in supporting one of the above projects:


Other projects

Please see Google Summer of Code