Integrating Heterogeneous Data Sources in the Web

Integrating Heterogeneous Data Sources in the Web

Angelo Brayner (University of Fortaleza, Brazil), Macelo Meireles (University of Fortaleza, Brazil) and José de Aguiar Moraes Filho (University of Fortaleza, Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-228-2.ch009


Integrating data sources published on the web requires an integration strategy that guarantees local data sources autonomy. Multidatabase System (MDBS) has been consolidated as an approach to integrate multiple heterogeneous and distributed data sources in flexible and dynamic environments such as the Web. A key property of MDBSs is to guarantee a higher degree of local autonomy. In order to adopt the MDBS strategy, it is necessary to use a query language, called multidatabase language (MDL), which provides the necessary constructs for jointly manipulating and accessing data in heterogeneous data sources. In other words, the MDL is responsible for solving integration conflicts. This chapter describes an extension to the XQuery language, called MXQuery, which supports queries over several data sources and solves integration problems as semantic heterogeneity and incomplete information.

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