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Information Integration Using XML

Monday, March 27, 2000



XML (Extensible Markup Language) is rapidly emerging as a standard for the sharing of data between disparate sources, platforms, and information systems with a flexibility that allows the same data to be easily accessed in different ways to meet various needs. Users are presented with seamless, integrated data views that better facilitate information access and utilization. Although XML is still a developing format, it has shown great promise for enabling electronic commerce, electronic government services, data warehouses, and enterprise information portals.

This free half-day workshop features Dr. Chaitan Baru and Dr. Richard Marciano, both of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). They will cover a number of issues, including evolving XML-based standards and technologies, XML integration tools developed at the SDSC, XML data servers, and relational database management system support for XML.


Dr. Chaitan Baru
Dr. Baru is a Senior Principal Scientist and technical leader of the Data Intensive Computing Environments group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). He is a principal investigator on several XML-based projects related to digital libraries and information integration. Prior to joining SDSC, Dr. Baru was an Advisory Programmer in the Database Technology Group at IBM, where he was one of three team leaders involved in the design and development of DB2 Parallel Edition, which was released in November 1995. He led the IBM team that produced the industry's first TPC-D benchmark in December 1995. Prior to that, he served on the faculty of the EECS Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Baru is a member of the California Digital Library's Technical Architecture and Standards working group. He received a B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1979 and an M.E. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1983 and 1985, respectively.

Dr. Richard Marciano
Dr. Marciano is a Research Scientist in the Enabling Technologies Group at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). He has also served as a parallel processing and environmental science consultant / researcher. He holds advanced degrees in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Avionics Engineering. He is a principal investigator on an XML-based project that looks at long-term preservation of electronic documents. His research interests include: integration of GIS and historical data, environmental modeling and visualization, parallel and distributed computing, parallel processing of spatial analysis, information mediation of geospatial data repositories, and parallel algorithm design and benchmarking. His current work at SDSC deals with researching and developing infrastructure to support persistent archives, as well as archival storage workload characterization and performance simulation.


The following presentations were made during the morning, "Information Integration Using XML," and afternoon, "Projects at SDSC," sessions of the workshop.

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