Preserving Semantics When Transforming Conceptual Spatio-temporal Schemas

  • Esteban Zimányi
  • Mohammed Minout
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3762)


Conceptual models provide powerful constructs for representing the semantics of real-world application domains. However, much of this semantics may be lost when translating a conceptual schema into a logical or a physical schema. The reason for this semantic loss is the limited expressive power of logical and physical models. In this paper we present a methodology that allows to transform conceptual schemas while preserving their semantics. This is realized with the help of integrity constraints that are automatically generated at the logical and physical levels. As a result, the semantics of an application domain is kept in the database as opposed to keeping it in the applications accessing the database. We present such a methodology using the MADS conceptual spatio-temporal model.


Conceptual Schema Integrity Constraint Relationship Type Spatial Object Logical Schema 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Esteban Zimányi
    • 1
  • Mohammed Minout
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer & Network EngineeringUniversité Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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