Co-database Approach to Database Interoperability

Athman BOUGUETTAYA  Stephen MILLINER  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E78-D   No.11   pp.1388-1395
Publication Date: 1995/11/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Advanced Database Technologies)
Category: Interoperability
Keyword: 
multidatabases,  federated databases,  interoperability,  heterogeneous and autonomous databases,  query languages,  

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Summary: 
The evolution of heterogeneous and autonomous databases research has been slow compared to other areas of research. Part of the problem resides in the fact that bridging data semantics has been a difficult problem. Sharing data among disparate databases has mostly been achieved through some form of manual schema integration. The complexity of making autonomous heterogeneous databases smoothly interoperate is dependent on addressing two major issues. The first issue to address is what adequate levels of autonomy databases are guaranteed to keep. The second issue to address is what overhead cost is required to bridge database heterogeneity. The complexity of these two issues are closely dependent on how scalable multidatabase systems are. In this paper we introduce the FINDIT architecture which uses information meta-types to provide a basis for such an organization and, consequently, provides a platform for inter-operability. A distinction is made between the information and inter-node relationship spaces to achieve scalability. Tassili language primitives are used for the incremental building of dynamic inter-node relationships based upon usage considerations.