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)
Pages (from-to)214
Number of pages1
JournalProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 32nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-32 - Maui, HI, USA
Duration: Jan 5 1999Jan 8 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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