ERCIM News No.23 - October 1995

Workshop on Database Issues and Infrastructure in Cooperative Information Systems

by Jens-Otto Larsen

The eighth ERCIM Database Research Group workshop, organized by SINTEF in cooperation with the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), took place in Trondheim 23-25 August 1995. The workshop gathered more than 30 participants from 10 countries.

Previous EDRG workshops have addressed "Languages and Theory" (CWI,91), "Scientific Databases" (RAL,92), "Updates and Constraints Handling in Advanced Databases" (IEI-CNR,92), "Repositories, Methods and Tools for Systems Engineering" (FORTH,93), "Parallelism and Non-determinism for Data intensive Applications" (INRIA,93), "Deductive and Interoperable Databases" (UPC/AEDIMA,94), "Object Oriented Databases" (INESC,95).

This eighth workshop focused on results and issues related to database and infrastructure support for distributed and cooperative information systems for decentralized organizations. During the two days of the workshop, there were seven discussion sessions and one invited talk. Thirteen contributed papers were presented.

The workshop started in the afternoon, immediately after the IFIP WG8.1 Working Conference on Information System Development for Decentralized Organizations. The topics for the first two sessions were information exchange in decentralized organizations, and cooperative transactions and workflow systems.

The second day started with sessions on mapping and interoperability. After lunch Trygve Reenskaug, Taskon, Oslo, gave a talk on using the OOram role modeling method in analysis and design of information systems. This talk was followed by a second session on cooperative transactions.

The topics for the two sessions on the final day were distribution and multimedia. Later in the afternoon a large group also went to a demonstration of multimedia systems developed at NTH. A very successful and profitable workshop closed after a discussion on future EDRG activities.

The proceedings from the workshop will be published as an ERCIM workshop report. The next EDRG workshop, on multimedia database systems, is planned for early 1996 at GMD.

Please contact:
Arne-Joergen Berre - SINTEF Informatics Tel: +47 2206 7452
or Keith G Jeffery - CLRC
Tel: +44 1235 44 6103

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