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Model-Driven Approach to XML Schema Evolution

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Today, XML is a standard meta-language for representation of exchanged messages between information systems. To enable exchange, the structure of the messages must be established in a form of XML schemas. Usually, more than one type of messages is exchanged and, hence, a family of XML schemas needs to be created. An important task for the designer is, therefore, to design the XML schemas and then evolve them continuously as user requirements change. Doing this manually may be very difficult due to the fact that single change in the user requirements may impact many XML schemas.

In this paper, we present a novel approach to evolution of families of XML schemas. It is based on modeling XML schemas at two levels – conceptual and XML schema. The designer performs a change only once in the conceptual schema and our introduced mechanism propagates the change to all affected XML schemas. Propagation from the XML schema to the conceptual level is also supported.


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  • Conceptual Schema
  • Atomic Operation
  • Migratory Operation
  • Conceptual Modeling Language

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Supported in part by the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR), grants number P202/10/0573 and P202/11/P455 and in part by grant SVV-2011-263312.

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Nečaský, M., Mlýnková, I., Klímek, J. (2011). Model-Driven Approach to XML Schema Evolution. In: Meersman, R., Dillon, T., Herrero, P. (eds) On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2011 Workshops. OTM 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7046. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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