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Object Discovery and Unification in a Federated Database System

Hammer, J. and McLeod, D. and Si, A. (1993) Object Discovery and Unification in a Federated Database System. Technical Report. Stanford InfoLab. (Publication Note: In Proceedings of the Workshop on Interoperability of Database Systems and Database Applications, pages 3-18. Swiss Information Society, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, October 1993.)




A key challenge in sharing-oriented information management environments, such as networks of heterogeneous, autonomous database systems, is to provide capabilities to allow information units and resources to be flexibly and dynamically combined and interconnected, while at the same time preserving the investment in and the autonomy of each individual component. The research described here specifically focuses on two key aspects of this: (1) how to discover the location and content of relevant, nonlocal information units, and (2) how to identify and resolve the semantic heterogeneity that exists between related information in different database components. Our approach serves as a basis for the sharing of related concepts through partial meta-data (conceptual schema) unification without the need for a global view of data. We demonstrate and evaluate our approach using the Remote-Exchange experimental prototype system [5], which supports information sharing and exchange from the above perspective.

Item Type:Techreport (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Federated, semantic, integration, resolution, dictionary, broker
Subjects:Computer Science
Related URLs:Project Homepage
ID Code:22
Deposited By:Import Account
Deposited On:25 Feb 2000 16:00
Last Modified:02 Dec 2008 14:33

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