I regularly get the MySQL monthly newsletter and I always look to see what’s up with support for spatial data. There is never much to be found. This month, there is an announcement about a call for papers for the 2009 MySQL conference. And in the list of suggested topics, I expected to see something about spatial. No such luck. The question is, why? Here is the leading open source database that supports spatial data primitives and not a word about it for their conference. Location technology and spatial data support is no longer sequestered to the back room. It’s front and center in BI, LBS, and enterprise computing. It should be one of the key topics at the MySQL conference. I expect many attendees would want to know what’s going on. Let’s hope that Sun (now owners of MySQL) and O’Reilly (conference organizers) make an effort to include spatial in the future.