I want to know, In which format the Geographic data stored in geometry data type of SQLServer 2008.it looks like a long string,like 0xE6100010466DFEOA4089663524....... for one polygon. My second question is How can i get set of google latitudes/longitudes from this data format ?


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It's binary data, you need to use the STAsText() method to return it as a string that contains the lat/longs, as in:

FROM [City].[dbo].[TRACTS]

To go the other way, use the STAsBinary() method.

  • Fine! Thats what i needed. Can i go in reverse. I mean is it possible to convert set of lat/longs back to binary format?
    – user1899
    Commented Feb 6, 2012 at 14:59
  • @user1899 - Yes, see my edit. Commented Feb 6, 2012 at 15:12

In which format [is] geographic data stored in geometry data type of SQL Server 2008. It looks like a long string, like 0xE6100010466DFEOA4089663524… for one polygon.

These values are essentially BLOBs (binary large objects): Values of the GEOMETRY and GEOGRAPHY types are encoded in a special binary format which is specified in "[MS-SSCLRT]: Microsoft SQL Server CLR Types Serialization Formats". (SQL Server 2008 only used version 1 of that format, version 2 was introduced with SQL Server 2012.)

How can I get set of Google latitudes/longitudes from this data format?

This has already been adressed by a previous answer: Call the .STAsText() method on a GEOMETRY-typed value to get a WKT representation of the geometry. Depending on the projection / coordinate system used by your geometries, this will make lat/long coordinate pairs visible in a plain text format.

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