Knowledge Based and Database Systems: Enhancements, Coupling or Integration?

  • Yannis Vassiliou
Part of the Topics in Information Systems book series (TINF)


Position: The technologies in the areas of Knowledge Based or Expert Systems (KBS) and of Database Management Systems (DBMS) will play a major role in future Information Systems. Research issues present in a combined use of the two technologies have attracted researchers, both from Artificial Intelligence and Databases.

This short paper examines possible research strategies. They are basically three: (a) enhancements of existing systems, (b) coupling of independent systems, and (c) technology integration resulting in a new class of systems, which are not constrained by the objectives and design characteristics of Knowledge Based and Database Systems.

The position taken is: system enhancements present a short-term partial solution, coupling presents an easy and practical solution and although integration is elegant and promising, it may never lead to a practically acceptable solution.


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  1. [BL84b]
    Brachman R.J. and H.J. Levesque, “What Makes a Knowledge Base Knowledgeable? A View of Databases from the Knowledge Level”, Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Expert Database Systems, Kiawah Island, SC, USA, October, 1984.Google Scholar
  2. [JV84]
    Jarke M, Vassiliou Y, “Coupling expert systems with database management systems”, in Reitman WR (ed.), Artificial Intelligence Applications for Business, Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publ., pp. 65–85, 1984.Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag, New York Inc. 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yannis Vassiliou
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Business Administration New York UniversityUSA

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