An HTML-Form-Driven Approach to Reverse Engineering of Relational Databases to Ontologies

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Title An HTML-Form-Driven Approach to Reverse Engineering of Relational Databases to Ontologies
Author Astrova, Irina; Stantic, Bela
Publication Title Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Databases and Applications
Editor M. H. Hamza
Year Published 2005
Place of publication US
Publisher ACTA press
Abstract The migration of the Deep Web to the Semantic Web calls for reverse engineering of relational databases to ontologies. However, there exist few approaches that consider an ontology as the target for reverse engineering. The existing approaches are faced with two main problems. First, they can require more information about a relational database than it is possible to provide in practice. Second, they can make unrealistic assumptions about the relational database; e.g. the relational database is in 3NF. As an attempt to resolve these problems, we propose a novel approach. Rather than analyzing a relational schema, tuples, or user queries to build an ontology, our approach takes advantage of HTML forms  popular user-friendly interface to access relational databases on the Web today. By analyzing the forms, our approach can deliver benefits that could not otherwise be achieved with the existing approaches. These benefits are twofold. First, only minimal information about the relational database is required. Second, the relational database can be bad-designed, optimized and denormalized.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
ISBN 088986-462-4
Conference name Databases and Applications DBA 2005
Location Innsbruck, Austria
Date From 2005-02-14
Date To 2005-02-16
Date Accessioned 2006-03-09
Language en_AU
Research Centre Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems
Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Subject Conceptual Modelling
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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