Master of Science (Hons.)
Department of Computer Science
Sedighi, Seyed Mohsen, Integration of object-oriented and relational database systems, Master of Science (Hons.) thesis, Department of Computer Science, University of Wollongong, 1993. http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/2804
In an organisation, there are many autonomous database systems with different data models, query languages, and schémas. The user in the organisational level needs to have a shared access to the databases by using a single data model, and a single query language. The aim of this thesis is to propose and evaluate a method for integration of autonomous, heterogeneous database management systems ODBMSs) to facilitate shared access through a system, based on the method, called Database Integration Methodology (DIM). The thesis first reviews the basic concepts as related to heterogeneous DBMSs^ then DIM is proposed as a general method for integration of a number of heterogeneous DBMSs. A DIM system has one unified data model to give a homogeneous view of the databases to the user. It has also a database query language for retrieving and manipulating data from the databases. We present a method and explain through it, how a translated query language statement of a DIM system which is a set of query language statements of local database systems, is combined to make a shared access to the databases possible. As one particular case of the general method, DIM is implemented for integration of object-oriented and relational DBMSs. We choose relational data model as the unified data model of the DIM. A solution for translation of object-oriented schémas into relational schémas is considered.