A method for finding common attributes in hetrogenous DoD databases
Zobair, Hamza A.
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Traditional database development has been done for a specific, self-contained purpose with no plan to share or merge the data with other databases in the future. As these systems have matured, users have realized a requirement exists to share their data. Finding common attributes among databases is a time consuming task. However, it is one that is necessary as more and more corporations and agencies consolidate operations. In terms of DoD, the requirement to consolidate systems has come about, as the various data systems used by DoD agencies and our allies need to communicate with each other for a well-coordinated operation. One alternative for achieving the desired interconnectivity is to specify the requirement for interoperability in new systems. A more practical, less costly process is to merge existing systems and consolidate the common components. This paper proposes a process for consolidating portions of data dictionaries of two existing databases. The proposed method uses commercial-off-the-shelf software in finding common attributes between multiple databases and represents an improvement in accuracy and time over previous methods.
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