A Glossary of Temporal Database Concepts

C. S. Jensen, J. Clifford, S. K. Gadia, A. Segev, Richard Thomas Snodgrass

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This glossary contains concepts specific to temporal databases that are well-defined, well understood, and widely used. In addition to defining and naming the concepts, the glossary also explains the decisions made. It lists competing alternatives and discusses the pros and cons of these. It also includes evaluation criteria for the naming of concepts. This paper is a structured presentation of the results of e-mail discussions initiated during the preparation of the first book on temporal databases, Temporal Databases: Theory, Design, and Implementation, published by Benjamin Cummings, to appear January 1993. Independently of the book, an initiative aimed at designing a consensus Temporal SQL is under way. The paper is a contribution towards establishing common terminology, an initial subtask of this initiative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-43
Number of pages9
JournalACM SIGMOD Record
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 9 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems


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