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On the Web and Document Databases

On the Web and Document Databases
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Author(s): Yangjun Chen (University of Winnipeg, Canada)and Ron McFadyen (University of Winnipeg, Canada)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 6
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch058
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


This paper describes the functional requirement and architecture of a software system called Web and Document Databases (WDDBs). A WDDB is a system to manage efficiently local documents and their semantic connection to remote ones. The general objective of a WDDB is to facilitate web search and internet navigation. Abstractly, a WDDB can be defined as a triple , where D stands for a local document database to store XML documents structurally, U for a set of URLs with each pointing to a remote database which shares common data with the local one, and W for a Web recognizer that identifies information sources related to data items in the local database. Then, in the case that a local document database fails to answer part of a query, it is able to connect to other databases using the stored URLs to obtain data for answering the query completely. In this way, surfing of the Internet can be performed more efficiently.

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