Title: Design of repositories of conceptual schemas for large-scale e-government projects

Authors: Carlo Batini, Riccardo Grosso, Guglielmo Longobardi

Addresses: University of Milano Bicocca, Via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi 8, Milano 20100, Italy. ' CSI Piemonte, Corso Unione Sovietica, 216, Torino 10134, Italy. ' CNIPA, Via Isonzo, 21/b, Roma 00198, Italy

Abstract: To alter their relationship with citizens, Public Administration (PA) has to reengineer their data architecture, removing redundancies in different databases and reconciling the heterogeneities present in data. Constructing a repository of conceptual schemas, where all information are represented in an integrated structure, is crucial to be able to face with redundancies and heterogeneities. This paper describes how such a repository should be organised. Furthermore, two different methodologies are proposed, to be used depending on domain knowledge and resources available in the process. These two methodologies are compared with respect to three different characteristics of the process of repository construction.

Keywords: repository; conceptual schemas; public administration; electronic government; e-government; information management; integration; abstraction; methodology; databases; Italy.

DOI: 10.1504/EG.2006.009601

Electronic Government, an International Journal, 2006 Vol.3 No.3, pp.306 - 328

Published online: 02 May 2006 *

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