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ConceptBase — A deductive object base for meta data management


Deductive object bases attempt to combine the advantages of deductive relational databases with those of object-oriented databases. We review modeling and implementation issues encountered during the development of ConceptBase, a prototype deductive object manager supporting the Telos object model. Significant features include: 1) The symmetric treatment of object-oriented, logic-oriented and graph-oriented perspectives, 2) an infinite metaclass hierarchy as a prerequisite for extensibility and schema evolution, 3) a simple yet powerful formal semantics used as the basis for implementation, 4) a client-server architecture supporting collaborative work in a wide-area setting. Several application experiences demonstrate the value of the approach especially in the field of meta data management.

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Jarke, M., Gallersdörfer, R., Jeusfeld, M.A. et al. ConceptBase — A deductive object base for meta data management. J Intell Inf Syst 4, 167–192 (1995).

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  • deductive databases
  • semantic data model
  • conceptual modeling
  • integrity constraints
  • query classes
  • repository
  • object-oreinted databases