Welcome to XML & Databases

Welcome to the course XML & Databases 1. Following this course means you will read about some of the latest research on XML databases. We have updated the course considerably this year. We will discuss XML querying with XPath and XQuery, publishing of relational data, a lot about relational storage structures for XML data and query processing techniques, and a number of new courses on full-text querying, distributed querying and querying stand-off data. The study material contains 6 new paper compared to last year's reader. To obtain the study material necessary for this course, you need to buy the 2008 version of the reader “XML & Databases 1 & 2”.

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[XML & Databases 1]: Changes to the upcoming lectures and papers XML & DB

We decided to change the contents of the upcoming lectures. Some new topics have emerged in research on XML and Databases that we like to tell you about. To make room for that we have to skip and reduce some other topics. This also means that we skip 4 papers from the reader and replace them by 5 other papers which are available electronically in the Archive. I will update the Roster and Archive of TeleTOP today. The final three lectures in the new roster are now organized to fall into one theme: “XML Database Support for Multimedia Applications”. The database support we will look into are information retrieval for XML, XML updating, distributed XML querying, XML stand-off annotations and streaming XML.

[XML & Databases 1]: Reader ‘sold out’?!?

Several students told me that the reader is sold out at the Union Shop. This is strange, because we ordered 50 readers in January last year. I notified BOZ about this. Hopefully, the problem will be solved soon. In the mean-time, you can use the PDFs in the Archive. All papers in the reader are electronically available there. We will keep you informed about the developments here on TeleTOP.

Change in the order of lectures

Due to personal circumstances, we had to change the order of the lectures. Next lecture will be given by Djoerd Hiemstra on Native XML DBMSs. The lectures on Streaming XML, XML Data Integration, and Document Transformation with XSLT will be given next week and the week after that. The roster on TeleTOP has been changed accordingly.

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Lecture 1

Even though I had to do lecture 1 on the blackboard, there are slides to this lecture and they are available in the Roster and Archive. I hope the lecture was not too chaotic due to these circumstances. Nevertheless, in order to really master DTD's, XPath and XQuery on a sufficient level, you will have to use self-study using tutorials, homework series 1 and some experimenting of your own with the on-line demos. Furthermore, this was a rather atypical lecture, because all other lectures are based on research papers, so they have a more research flavour.

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