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XML-databaser - begrepp, användning och framtid
2004 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The majority of an enterprise’s information is semi-structured and therefore only has a low degree of structure and consistency, which is the case for e.g. brochures and other documents rich in text. This is opposed to consistent and well structured data, which is well maintained in relational databases; information with semi-structured contents is often neglected. One possible way of maintaining semi-structured information is by storing it in XML databases. This has led to the XML database area increasingly overlapping the document management area, which encompasses the process of creating, distributing and managing documents. In this thesis we investigate XML databases from a number of aspects. We focus the investigation on who uses XML databases, what they are used for and why they are used. We also want to give the reader an idea of what the future holds for XML databases. Although most enterprises store information in a form that is suitable for XML databases, there is scope for more widespread usage. Since basic concepts are often used inconsistently, the explanation of concepts central to the field is also an important part of this thesis. Data gathering was conducted in two ways: Through literature studies, which has given the thesis a theoretical foundation, and through a number of interviews with people in the business area. During the progression of the investigation a number of important concepts, which denote different types of XML databases, have been defined. When it comes to the types of companies and business that benefit the most from using XML databases there is no clear indication that one specific type of enterprise would benefit more than any other. The information contents of documents stored by XML databases can vary as long as the data is semi-structured. Therefore, the choice of database type depends on the structure of the data to be stored. However, requirements for authenticity for certain types of information can also influence the choice, as some XML databases offer better possibilities of retrieving documents from the database in their original form. XML databases are in an exciting stage of development; as new standards are formed usage will increase. The largest growth area will involve information that is currently not stored in a database, e.g. word processing documents and e-mails.

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2004. , 61 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-56340Local ID: INF D-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-56340DiVA: diva2:1116521
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Information Systems
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