Incorporating semantic relationships into an object-oriented database system

Li min Liu, Michael Halper

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Semantic relationships between classes play an important role when building information systems. This is true in traditional data modeling, knowledge representation, and object-oriented modeling. An example of such a semantic relationship is the part-whole relationship. Most object-oriented modeling approaches include such constructs. However, commercial object-oriented database (OODB) systems ordinarily do not provide built-in support for them. We present a methodology by which a semantic relationship can be incorporated into an existing OODB system. We give an overview of the general methodology and show the addition of a part-whole semantic relationship to the ONTOS OODB system. An example application demonstrating our implementation is available on the Web.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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