Semantics vs. Graphics - To Show or not to Show.

Gerald A. Wilson, Christopher F. Herot: Semantics vs. Graphics - To Show or not to Show. VLDB 1980: 183-197
  author    = {Gerald A. Wilson and
               Christopher F. Herot},
  title     = {Semantics vs. Graphics - To Show or not to Show},
  booktitle = {Sixth International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, October
               1-3, 1980, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Proceedings},
  publisher = {IEEE Computer Society},
  year      = {1980},
  pages     = {183-197},
  ee        = {db/conf/vldb/WilsonH80.html},
  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/vldb/80},
  bibsource = {DBLP,}


This paper describes a high-level graphical interface to databases which employs specialized knowledge about graphical symbols, the underlying database, and the database user's context in order to provide pictorial representations of data which is of concern to the user. The approach combines techniques of graphics and knowledge representation to provide more complete and more perspicuously organized answers to user queries. Techniques are presented for the representation and use of the semantic knowledge about the database contained in the data model. The knowledge of the data model allows the system to augment the response to a query with information which is relevant but not specifically requested. It also enables the data to be organized in a manner which reflects the relative importance of each of the entities and attributes within the context of the user's question. Thus the answer to the user's question is broadened in a meaningful way to provide the user with a more complete perspective of the information in the database.

Copyright © 1980 by The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). Abstract used with permission.

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Sixth International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, October 1-3, 1980, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Proceedings. IEEE Computer Society 1980
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Christopher F. Herot: Spatial Management of Data. ACM Trans. Database Syst. 5(4): 493-513(1980) BibTeX
Gary G. Hendrix, Earl D. Sacerdoti, Daniel Sagalowicz, Jonathan Slocum: Developing a Natural Language Interface to Complex Data. ACM Trans. Database Syst. 3(2): 105-147(1978) BibTeX
E. F. Codd: Data Base Sublanguage Founded on the Relational Calculus. IBM Research Report, San Jose, California RJ893: (1971) BibTeX

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  2. Darrell Woelk, Won Kim, Willis Luther: An Object-Oriented Approach to Multimedia Databases. SIGMOD Conference 1986: 311-325
  3. Gerald A. Wilson, Eric A. Domeshek, Ellen L. Drascher, Jeffrey S. Dean: The Multipurpose Presentation System. VLDB 1983: 56-69
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