An intelligent information dictionary for semantic manipulation of relational databases
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- Cammarata S.J. (1988) An intelligent information dictionary for semantic manipulation of relational databases. In: Schmidt J.W., Ceri S., Missikoff M. (eds) Advances in Database Technology—EDBT '88. EDBT 1988. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 303. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
This paper describes an intelligent information dictionary (IID) which serves as a knowledge-based interface between a database user and the query language of a relational database management system. IID extends the traditional roles of a data dictionary by enabling a user to view, manipulate, and verify semantic aspects of relational data. Our use of IID focuses on the interactive creation of simulation-specific databases from large "public" databases in the domain of military simulation and modeling. We have identified classes of database-related activities performed by a simulation developer when preparing databases as input to simulation models. Three categories of IID capabilities supporting these activities are explanation and browsing, customized data manipulation, and interactive consistency checking. In this paper we detail specific features of these categories and present examples of their use.
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