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View Definition and Generalization for Database Integration in a Multidatabase System

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2 Author(s)
Dayal, U. ; Computer Corporation of America, Cambridge, MA 02140. ; Hwang, Hai-Yann

Access to a heterogeneous distributed collection of databases can be simplified by providing users with a logically integrated interface or global view. There are two aspects to database integration. Firstly, the local schemas may model objects and relationships differently and, secondly, the databases may contain mutually inconsistent data. This paper identifies several kinds of structural and data inconsistencies that might exist. It describes a versatile view definition facility for the functional data model and illustrates the use of this facility for resolving inconsistencies. In particular, the concept of generalization is extended to this model, and its importance to database integration is emphasized. The query modification algorithm for the relational model is extended to the semantically richer functional data model with generalization.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SE-10 ,  Issue: 6 )