Publications of Jérôme Darmont
S. Miniaoui, J. Darmont, O. Boussaïd, "Web data modeling for integration in data warehouses", First International Workshop on Multimedia Data and Document Engineering (MDDE 01), Lyon, France, July 2001, 88-97.
In a data warehousing process, the data preparation phase is crucial. Mastering this phase allows substantial gains in terms of time and performance when performing a multidimensional analysis or using data mining algorithms. Furthermore, a data warehouse can require external data. The web is a prevalent data source in this context, but the data broadcasted on this medium are very heterogeneous. We propose in this paper a UML conceptual model for a complex object representing a superclass of any useful data source (databases, plain texts, HTML and XML documents, images, sounds, video clips...). The translation into a logical model is achieved with XML, which helps integrating all these diverse, heterogeneous data into a unified format, and whose schema definition provides first-rate metadata in our data warehousing context. Moreover, we benefit from XML's flexibility, extensibility and from the richness of the semi-structured data model, but we are still able to later map XML documents into a database if more structuring is needed.
Multiform data, Data warehousing, Integration, Modeling
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