Choices in Practical Data Design.

William Kent: Choices in Practical Data Design. VLDB 1982: 165-180
  author    = {William Kent},
  title     = {Choices in Practical Data Design},
  booktitle = {Eigth International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, September
               8-10, 1982, Mexico City, Mexico, Proceedings},
  publisher = {Morgan Kaufmann},
  year      = {1982},
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  pages     = {165-180},
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Current data design methodologies tend to generate a single design for an application, neglecting many other possible designs. This is partly because user requirements have to be expressed in semantic models which are too closely coupled to the data design. Failure to recognize the variety of designs which can represent the same facts also hampers other data administration functions which depend on adequate data documentation. Such func- tions include application planning, redundancy management, and information center services. And there are even implications for the design of high-level interfaces to diverse data.

In this paper we make some initial attempts to catalogue the range of such design options, and to suggest how design methodologies might be enhanced to exploit the options. We also point out that a similar range of options exists for the semantic enterprise descriptions which serve as input to such methodologies.

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E. F. Codd: Extending the Database Relational Model to Capture More Meaning. ACM Trans. Database Syst. 4(4): 397-434(1979) BibTeX
[Kent 78]
[Kent 79]
William Kent: Limitations of Record-Based Information Models. ACM Trans. Database Syst. 4(1): 107-131(1979) BibTeX
[Kent 81a]
William Kent: A Simple Guide to Five Normal Forms in Relational Database Theory. Commun. ACM 26(2): 120-125(1983) BibTeX
[Kent 81b]
William Kent: Data Model Theory Meets a Practical Application. VLDB 1981: 13-22 BibTeX
[Kent 82]

Referenced by

  1. Jean Philippe Lagrange: A Knowledge-Based System and an ER Query Language for Accessing Relational Databases. ER 1990: 157-170
  2. Hiroshi Arisawa, Takao Miura: On the Properties of Extended Inclusion Dependencies. VLDB 1986: 449-456
  3. Joachim Biskup, Bernhard Convent: A Formal View Integration Method. SIGMOD Conference 1986: 398-407
  4. Heikki Mannila, Kari-Jouko Räihä: Inclusion Dependencies in Database Design. ICDE 1986: 713-718
  5. Kohji Shibano, Hideto Sato: Statistical Database Research Project in Japan and the CAS SDB Project. SSDBM 1983: 325-330
  6. William Kent: Fact-Based Data Analysis and Design. ER 1983: 3-53
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