Temporal databases

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This paper summarizes the major concepts, approaches, and implementation strategies that have been generated over the last fifteen years of research into data base management system support for time-varying information. We first examine the time domain, its structure, dimensionality, indeterminacy, and representation. We then discuss how facts may be associated with time, and consider data modeling and representational issues. We survey the many temporal query languages that have been proposed. Finally, we examine the impact to each of the components of a DBMS of adding temporal support, focusing on query optimization and evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTheories and Methods of Spatio-Temporal Reasoning in Geographic Space
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference GIS - From Space to Territory: Theories and Methods of Spatio-Temporal Reasoning, Proceedings
EditorsAndrew U. Frank, Irene Campari, Ubaldo Formentini
Number of pages42
ISBN (Print)9783540559665
StatePublished - 1992
Event1st International Conference on Spatial and Temporal Reasoning in Geographic Space, 1992 - Pisa, Italy
Duration: Sep 21 1992Sep 23 1992

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume639 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other1st International Conference on Spatial and Temporal Reasoning in Geographic Space, 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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