Data Management

Evaluations of Conceptual Models for Semi-structured Database System

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Executive Summary

In the latest years many different models for semi structured data have been proposed; most of them, however, are too specific to allow immediate comparison with other models, and do not easily support incremental model design. A number of features which can be considered interesting for a semi structured data model are listed. E.g. The authors review the more widely used models in Conceptual Modeling for Information Systems (Entity-Relationship and UML), and argue that they do not support effectively modeling of semi structured data. As a consequence, structured and semi structured data cannot be treated in an integrated, holistic way during requirements specification.

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