Interfaces to Database Systems (IDS94)

Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Interfaces to Database Systems, Lancaster University, 13–15 July 1994

  • Pete Sawyer

Part of the Workshops in Computing book series (WORKSHOPS COMP.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Invited Paper

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard Cooper
      Pages 3-21
  3. Naive and Application-Specific User Interfaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. David Haw, Carole Goble, Alan Rector
      Pages 25-48
    3. G. P. Ellis, J. E. Finlay, A. S. Pollitt
      Pages 49-62
  4. Formal Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Tiziana Catarci, Giuseppe Santucci
      Pages 65-83
    3. Tiziana Catarci, Laura Tarantino
      Pages 84-103
    4. M. N. MdSap, D. R. McGregor
      Pages 104-124
  5. 3-Dimensional Visualisation and Virtual Reality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. John Boyle, John E. Fothergill, Peter M. D. Gray
      Pages 127-142
    3. Martin H. Rapley, Jessie B. Kennedy
      Pages 143-167
  6. Data Model Issues I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. R. C. H. Connor, Q. I. Cutts, G. N. C. Kirby, V. S. Moore, R. Morrison
      Pages 197-212
  7. Metaphors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Robert Inder, Jussi Stader
      Pages 215-235
    3. Alan Dix, Andrew Patrick
      Pages 236-248
    4. Giuseppe Santucci, Francesco Palmisano
      Pages 249-265
    5. Peter Messer, Nitin Patel
      Pages 266-286
  8. Data Model Issues II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Peter Barclay, Alison Crerar, Kirsteen Davidson
      Pages 306-326
  9. Evaluation and Experimentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327-327
    2. Barry Eaglestone, Roel Vertegaal
      Pages 329-342
    3. Norman W. Paton, Ghassan al-Qaimari, Khoa Doan, Alistair C. Kilgour
      Pages 343-357
  10. Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 359-359
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 365-368

About these proceedings


A brief survey of the major DBMS and HeI conference proceedings over the past 10 years will reveal isolated pockets of research in database user interfaces but little sense of being swept along with the general advances in DBMS technology and Hel. New data models have evolved to meet the needs of different application domains; persistent programming languages are blurring the traditional distinction between data definition and application programming languages; distribution and inter-operability have become issues as have the storage of heterogeneous media types; yet it is still rare to read of the HeI issues raised by these technological innovations being expressly addressed and rarer still to find recognition of the usability problems with longer-established database technologies. There are at least two reasons why this should be surprising: • Database systems are not like other computer systems; existing both as back-ends to other applications and as stand-alone data stores, they are typically slow, deal with very large volumes of data and can involve all sorts of security, confidentiality and even cooperability issues. • Databases are everywhere. Perhaps only word processors and spread­ sheets are more widespread. In addition, as business cultures change and personal computing continues to mould expectations, end-users find themselves interacting increasingly closely with database systems.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Pete Sawyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Computing DepartmentLancaster UniversityBailrigg, LancasterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-19910-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-3818-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1682
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