Weaving temporal and reliability aspects into a schema tapestry

Curtis Dyreson, Richard T. Snodgrass, Faiz Currim, Sabah Currim, Shailesh Joshi

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In aspect-oriented programming (AOP) a cross-cutting concern is implemented in an aspect. An aspect weaver blends code from the aspect into a program's code at programmer-specified cut points, yielding an aspect-enhanced program. In this paper, we apply some of the concepts from the AOP paradigm to data. Like code, data also has cross-cutting concerns such as versioning, security, privacy, and reliability. We propose modeling a cross-cutting data concern as a schema aspect. A schema aspect describes the structure of the metadata in the cross-cutting concern, identifies the types of data elements that can be wrapped with metadata, i.e., the cut points, and provides some simple constraints on the use of the metadata. Several schema aspects can be applied to a single data collection, though in this paper we focus on just two aspects: a reliability aspect and a temporal aspect. We show how to weave the schema for these two aspects together with the schema for the data into a single, unified schema that we call a schema tapestry. The tapestry guides the construction, interpretation, and validation of an aspect-enhanced data collection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)752-773
Number of pages22
JournalData and Knowledge Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • Aspect-oriented programming
  • Databases
  • Metadata
  • Schema design
  • Temporal databases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management


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