Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

XML Storage

  • Denilson BarbosaEmail author
  • Philip Bohannon
  • Juliana Freire
  • Carl-Christian Kanne
  • Ioana Manolescu
  • Vasilis Vassalos
  • Masatoshi Yoshikawa
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_771


XML database; XML persistence


A wide variety of technologies may be employed to physically persist XML documents for later retrieval or update, from relational database management systems to hierarchical systems to native file systems. Once the target technology is chosen, there is still a large number of storage mapping strategies that define how parts of the document or document collection will be represented in the back-end technology. Additionally, there are issues of optimization of the technology and strategy used for the mapping. XML Storage covers all the above aspects of persisting XML document collections.

Historical Background

Even though the need for XML storage naturally arose after the emergence of XML, similar techniques had been developed earlier, since the mid-1990s, to store semi-structured data. For example, the LORE system included a storage manager specifically designed for semi-structured objects, while the STORED system allowed the definition...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Denilson Barbosa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Philip Bohannon
    • 2
  • Juliana Freire
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Carl-Christian Kanne
    • 6
  • Ioana Manolescu
    • 7
  • Vasilis Vassalos
    • 8
  • Masatoshi Yoshikawa
    • 9
  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Yahoo! ResearchSanta ClaraUSA
  3. 3.NYU Tandon School of EngineeringBrooklynUSA
  4. 4.NYU Center for Data ScienceNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.New York UniversityNew YorkNYUSA
  6. 6.University of MannheimMannheimGermany
  7. 7.INRIA Saclay–Îlle de FranceOrsayFrance
  8. 8.Athens University of Economics and BusinessAthensGreece
  9. 9.University of KyotoKyotoJapan

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sihem Amer-Yahia
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire d'Informatique de GrenobleCNRS and LIGGrenobleFrance