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XML Databases SS 2006

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Mondays 9.00 to 11.00 am, 3W04

Originally designed to meet the challenges of large-scale electronic publishing, XML is also playing an increasingly important role in the exchange of a wide variety of data on the Web and elsewhere. Today, we use more and more of XML's capability of labeling the information content of diverse data sources including structured and semi-structured documents, relational databases, and object repositories. Furthermore, real XML databases have occurred in recent years. The XQuery language is designed to express queries across all these kinds of data, whether physically stored in XML or viewed as XML via middleware. The Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) and especially its part XSL Transformations (XSLT) are designed to transform one or more input XML documents into output using another format than the input XML documents. Both languages, XSLT and XQuery embed the XPath language as a path language for addressing parts of variables or of input XML documents. In this seminar, we want to deal with current publications of conferences and journals in order to get an impression of the current status of research in the XML area.