GeM and WeBUSE: Towards a WWW-database interface

  • Madhav Sivadas
  • George Fernandez
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1364)


This paper describes a generic metadatabase model to enable efficient browsing of structured databases by remote users in the World Wide Web environment. Existing Web-database interfaces rely on the premise that users know the database schema, and that they posses enough knowledge of the context of a schema for the correct interpretation of database semantics and query results. We propose a framework consisting of data structures, mechanisms and tools for representing a more complete description of database schemata. The Generic Meta-database (GeM) model is capable of storing, as metadata, information about databases designed using most of the popular data modelling techniques. WeBUSE (Web-Based Uniform Schema-browsing Environment) is a suite of tools which enable remote users to browse the augmented database schemata using conventional Web browsers.


Semantic Information Financial Instrument Database Schema Schema Element Remote User 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madhav Sivadas
    • 1
  • George Fernandez
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceRoyal Melbourne Institute of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia

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