Value-Oriented and Object-Oriented Database Design with Reference to Time

  • Prince Violaine
  • Habrias Henri


This paper discusses the problem of time representation in database modelling. Although temporal aspects have been the subject of many works and techniques within the Entity-Relationship and Relational conceptual frames (some of them are described in this communication), the “lively” features of entities and relationships have not been emphasized, whereas the technical aspects of time interference with data behaviour have been largely examined.

These “lively” features address the trajectory in time (life cycle), availability to query and various changes that occur to items in the database throughout the Information System’s life.Our assumption relies on the observation that many “formal” changes that occur concerning a given amount of data, do no affect the very existence, thus the “semantics” of this data Therefore, we propose a conceptual model, related to object oriented approaches, that takes into account these features without involving heavy operations (such as “database versioning” or “history collections”).


Attribute Level Temporal Aspect Database Design Communication Sequential Process Management Rule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Prince Violaine
    • 1
  • Habrias Henri
    • 2
  1. 1.Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and LIMSI (Orsay)France
  2. 2.University of NantesFrance

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