A model, schema, and interface for metadata file systems

Dekeyser, Stijn and Watson, Richard and Motroen, Lasse (2008) A model, schema, and interface for metadata file systems. In: 31st Australasian Computer Science Conference (ACSC 2008), 22-25 Jan 2008, Wollongong, Australia.

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Modern computer systems are based on the traditional hierarchical file system model, but typically contain large numbers of files with complex interrelationships. This traditional model is not capable of meeting the needs of current computer system users, who need to be able to store and retrieve files based on flexible criteria. A metadata file system can associate an extensive and rich set of data with a file, thus enabling more effective file organisation and retrieval than traditional file systems.
In this paper we review a wide range of existing proposals to add metadata to files and make that metadata available for searching. We then propose a hierarchy of definitions for metadata file systems based on the reviewed prototypes. We introduce a data model for a database-oriented pure mdfss complete with operations and semantics. The model supports user-initiated instance and schema updates and file searches based on structured queries. We also explore the design space of a set of user interface operations intended to implement the pure model and facilitate the capturing of rich metadata. We argue that without such a simple method for users to create rich metadata, progress in this field will remain limited.

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Additional Information: © 2008, Australian Computer Society, Inc. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 74. Reproduction for academic research and not-for-profit purposes is granted provided the copyright notice on the first page of each paper is included.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2007 23:54
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 02:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: operating systems; advanced applications of databases; metadata
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080307 Operating Systems
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080604 Database Management
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0804 Data Format > 080499 Data Format not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3442

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