The importance of ownership for e-commerce

J. Geller, Y. Perl, L. Liu, C. Rush, M. Halper

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


This paper examines the nature and characteristics of the ownership relationship between objects in an object-oriented database. The ownership relationship is distinguished from the Part-Whole relationship since these two are often confused. Dimensions of the ownership relationship are detailed and described with clarifying examples from the financial securities markets. These dimensions are: 1) exclusiveness, 2) dependency, 3) limitation, 4) status, 5) settlement, 6) documentation and 7) inheritance. Formal definitions of the dimensions of the ownership relationship are sketched out for the purpose of extending current Object-Oriented Database Models (OODBs).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSemantic Issues in E-Commerce Systems - IFIP TC2/WG2.6 9th Working Conference on Database Semantics, DS-9
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781475710359
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
EventIFIP TC2/ WG2.6 9th Working Conference on Database Semantics, DS-9 - , Hong Kong
Duration: Apr 25 2001Apr 28 2001

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


OtherIFIP TC2/ WG2.6 9th Working Conference on Database Semantics, DS-9
Country/TerritoryHong Kong

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management


  • OODB
  • Object modeling
  • Ownership
  • Semantic relationships


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