The book presents the latest research ideas and topics on how to enhance current database systems, improve information storage, refine existing database models, and develop advanced applications. It provides insights into important developments in the field of database and database management. With emphasis on theoretical issues regarding databases and database management, the book describes the capabilities and features of new technologies and methodologies, and addresses the needs of database researchers and practitioners. *Note: This book is part of a new series entitled "Advanced Topics in Database Research". This book is Volume Three within this series (Vol. III, 2004).