To gain a competitive advantage, it is extremely important for executives to be able to obtain one unique view of information, normally scattered across disparate data sources, in an accurate and timely manner. To interoperate data sources which differ structurally and semantically, particular problems occur, for example, problems of changing schema in data sources will affect the integrated schema. In this paper, conflicts between heterogeneous systems are investigated and existing approaches to integration are reviewed. This research introduces a new mediated approach employing the Mediated Data Integration Mediator (MeDInt), and wrapping techniques as the main components for the integration of databases and legacy systems. The MeDInt mediator acts as an intermediate medium transforming queries to subqueries, integrating result data and resolving conflicts. Wrappers then transform sub-queries to specific local queries so that each local system is able to understand the queries. This framework is currently being developed to make the integration process more widely accessible by using standard tools. A prototype is implemented to demonstrate the model.
Chirathamjaree, Chaiyaporn, "An Approach to Integrate Heterogeneous Data Sources" (2005). ICEB 2005 Proceedings. 19.