New Generation Database Technologies for Collaborative Work Support and Spatio-Temporal Data Management

Yoshifumi MASUNAGA

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E82-D    No.1    pp.45-53
Publication Date: 1999/01/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: REVIEW PAPER
new generation database,  collaborative work support,  CSCW,  virtual reality,  spatio-temporal database,  GIS,  spatio-temporal index,  temporal logic,  view,  multimedia database,  VRML,  WWW,  internet,  object-oriented database,  

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Support of collaborative work and management of spatio-temporal data has become one of the most interesting and important database applications, which is due to the tremendous progress of database and its surrounding technologies in the last decade. In this paper, we investigate the new generation database technologies that are needed to support such advanced applications. Because of the recent progress of virtual reality technology, virtual work spaces are now available. We examine a typical CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work) fsystem to identify database problems that arise from it. We introduce typical approaches to database improvement based on the high-level view and the virtual reality technique. Also, in this paper, the following are introduced and discussed: the design and implementation of three- and four-dimensional spatio-temporal database systems, VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) database systems, fast access methods to spatio-temporal data, and the interval-based approach to temporal multimedia databases.