The Use of ObjectOriented Datamodels for
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New biochemical and computational methods have led to an explosion in the available biomolecular
data. Thus the management of large databases has become one of the important applications of com-
putational tools in biomolecular research. From a data management viewpoint the main difficulties
in managing biomolecular data are related only to a minor degree to the quantity of available data.
Databases of much larger sizes are common in many application areas. The challenge is to deal with
the complexity of the data with respect to the data structures, integrity constraints and algorithms.
Thus conventional data management approaches, like filebased data management or relational da-
tabase management systems, are not able to deal adequately with the typical requirements of biomo-
lecular data management in general, despite of the fact that they are frequentely used to cover certain
applications of the area. Thus the interest has risen in using objectoriented data models and data
base systems for biomolecular data management. Objectoriented data models were especially de-
veloped to satisfy requirements from application areas where data and operations are intrinsically
complex, like engineering, science or document management.