Undergraduate Course: Querying and Storing XML (INFR10017)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||If XML is to serve as more than a low-level format for data/document exchange, we shall need techniques for storing and querying large quantities of the stuff. Moreover it would be good if the query languages and the storage techniques could be matched and efficiently implemented as they are for relational databases.
This course is about research and development into storage techniques and query languages for XML and, more generally, semistructured data. It will cover the basics of types, APIs and standard query languages as well as the relevant research and prototypes.
Topics covered will include:
* XML basics: XML standard, DTD, XML Schema, query languages (XPath, XQL, XSLT), and integrity constraints for XML.
* XML shredding: storing XML in relations, optimization and normalization via constraint propagation.
* XML publishing: XML views of relational data, schema-directed publishing.
* Querying XML data stored in relations: query translation from XPath to SQL.
* Managing XML data stored in relations: incremental XML view maintenance, XML view updates, XML updates.
* XML security: XML views for enforcing access control, automated derivation of security views, and query rewriting.
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Comparative Programming Languages, Databases, Data Structures and Algorithms, Developing Technologies, Document processing, Information Retrieval
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| 1 - This course is to expose students to current research and development issues for storing and querying XML data via traditional database systems, and for publishing and integrating data from traditional databases in XML. Many of the topics covered are, or will be, in demand. The purpose is to prepare students for both graduate study and job market.
|Please see the course page|
|Course organiser||Prof Wenfei Fan
Tel: (0131 6)51 3818
|Course secretary||Miss Claire Edminson
Tel: (0131 6)51 4164