The Network as a Global Database: Challenges of Interoperability, Proactivity, Interactiveness, Legacy.

Peter C. Lockemann, Ulrike Kölsch, Arne Koschel, Ralf Kramer, Ralf Nikolai, Mechtild Wallrath, Hans-Dirk Walter: The Network as a Global Database: Challenges of Interoperability, Proactivity, Interactiveness, Legacy. VLDB 1997: 567-574
  author    = {Peter C. Lockemann and
               Ulrike K{\"o}lsch and
               Arne Koschel and
               Ralf Kramer and
               Ralf Nikolai and
               Mechtild Wallrath and
               Hans-Dirk Walter},
  editor    = {Matthias Jarke and
               Michael J. Carey and
               Klaus R. Dittrich and
               Frederick H. Lochovsky and
               Pericles Loucopoulos and
               Manfred A. Jeusfeld},
  title     = {The Network as a Global Database: Challenges of Interoperability,
               Proactivity, Interactiveness, Legacy},
  booktitle = {VLDB'97, Proceedings of 23rd International Conference on Very
               Large Data Bases, August 25-29, 1997, Athens, Greece},
  publisher = {Morgan Kaufmann},
  year      = {1997},
  isbn      = {1-55860-470-7},
  pages     = {567-574},
  ee        = {db/conf/vldb/LockemannKKKN97.html},
  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/vldb/97},
  bibsource = {DBLP,}


The current integrated developments in network and computing give rise to a technical infrastructure for the information society which one may variously circumscribe by terms such as ubiquitous computing, telepresence and the network as one giant global database. The paper applies to the network the metaphor of global database, and subsumes the aspects of ubiquity and telepresence under it. It should then be possible to preserve many of the existing database techniques and to concentrate on adjusting these to the network information infrastructure.

The paper explores four challenges for adjustment: interoperability due to heterogeneous data repositories, proactivity due to autonomy of data sources, interactiveness due to the need of short-term and task-specific interaction and cooperation, and legacy due to the fitting of old systems to the networked environment. Based on several application projects and exemplary solutions, the paper claims as its experiences that object-orientation provides a natural framework for meeting the challenges, but must also draw on the combined resources of databases, data communications, and software engineering.

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Matthias Jarke, Michael J. Carey, Klaus R. Dittrich, Frederick H. Lochovsky, Pericles Loucopoulos, Manfred A. Jeusfeld (Eds.): VLDB'97, Proceedings of 23rd International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, August 25-29, 1997, Athens, Greece. Morgan Kaufmann 1997, ISBN 1-55860-470-7
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