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A framework for semantically verifying schema mappings for data exchange

  • Author / Creator
    Walny, Jagoda K
  • We propose a framework for semi-automatically verifying relational database schema mappings for data exchange. Schema mappings for data exchange formally describe how to move data between a source and target database. State-of-the-art schema mapping tools propose several mappings, but require user intervention to determine their semantic correctness. For this, the user must understand the domain the schemas represent and the meanings of individual schema elements in relation to the domain. Our framework eases the task of understanding the domain and schemas and performs preliminary mapping verification. We use a readable, expressive, and formal conceptual model - a domain ontology - to model the source and target schema domain. We model the schema semantics by annotating schema elements with ontology elements. Our mapping verification algorithm rewrites mappings as statements in terms of the ontology, and uses a reasoner to check that the statements are entailed by the ontology.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R32G9Q
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Computing Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Barbosa, Denilson (Computing Science)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Reformat, Marek (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    • Stroulia, Eleni (Computing Science)