Multiple overlapping classifications: Issues and solutions.

Raguenaud, Cedric and Kennedy, Jessie (2002) Multiple overlapping classifications: Issues and solutions. In: 14th International conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management - SSDBM 2002. International conferences on Scientific and Statistical Database Management (14). IEEE Computer Society Press, Edinburgh, pp. 77-86. ISBN 0-7695-1632-7

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This paper discusses issues and solutions for supporting multiple overlapping classifications in database systems. These classifications are commonly found in science, although they are often ignored in computing applications for scientific data, and inappropriate solutions adopted as their replacement. Known database models and classification techniques offer some degree of support for multiple overlapping classifications, but do not fully support the basic features we have identified as necessary: trees/graphs, traceability, semantics of classifications, independence of classification and data, and identity of classifications.
The approach to the problem adopted by the Prometheus project, based on an extended object-oriented database model and the independence of classification schemes from classified data, is presented and discussed.

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ISBN: 0-7695-1632-7
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Additional Information: Pre-printed papers were described as proceedings. IEEE conference series SSBDM has the ISSN 1099-3371.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Scientific classification; Database structures; Semantics; Trees; Graphs; Data comparison; Identification of classification schemas; Object-oriented database; Prometheus project'
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 005 Computer programming, programs & data
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Item ID: 3016
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2009 16:55
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2014 14:13

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