Modeling the Evolution of Objects in Temporal Information Systems

  • A. Artale
  • C. Parent
  • S. Spaccapietra
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3861)


This paper presents a semantic foundation of temporal conceptual models used to design temporal information systems. We consider a modeling language able to express both timestamping and evolution constraints. We conduct a deeper investigation on evolution constraints, eventually devising a model-theoretic semantics for a full-fledged model with both timestamping and evolution constraints. The proposed formalization is meant both to clarify the meaning of the various temporal constructors appeared in the literature and to give a rigorous definition to notions like satisfiability, subsumption and logical implication. Furthermore, we also show how to express temporal constraints using a subset of first-order temporal logic, i.e., \(\mathcal{DLR}_{us}\), the description logic \(\mathcal{DLR}\) extended with the temporal operators Since and Until. We show how \(\mathcal{DLR}_{us}\) is able to capture the various modeling constraints in a succinct way and to perform automated reasoning on temporal conceptual models.


Temporal Logic Status Class Description Logic Target Class Evolution Constraint 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Artale
    • 1
  • C. Parent
    • 2
  • S. Spaccapietra
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Computer Science, Free Univ. of Bolzano, I 
  2. 2.HEC/INFORGEUniversité de LausanneCH
  3. 3.Database LaboratoryEcole Polytechnique Fédérale LausanneCH

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