Database Technologies and Information Management Group

Welcome! The DTIM research group in Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) conducts research in many fields of data and knowledge management, with particular emphasis on big data management, NOSQL, data warehousing, ETL, OLAP tools, multidimensional modeling, conceptual modeling, ontologies and services. DTIM is a research subgroup of the Software and Service Engineering Group (GESSI) UPC research group and its members belong to the ESSI and EIO departments of the same university.

Nobody educates anybody -nobody educates himself-, men educate each other under the mediation of the World.
Paulo Freire. Pedagogia del oprimido. Montevideo: Tierra Nueva, 1970.


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Excuse me! Do you have a minute to talk about API evolution?

If you work in an IT-related field, it is impossible not to have heard about APIs. Even if you may have not used them, you have benefited indirectly from them.  We can simply describe APIs as a means of communication between software applications. To better explain how they work, we can make an analogy with the Apis (Genus of honey bees) role. One of the most important things Apis species do is plants’ pollination. By transporting pollen from one flower to another, they make possible plants reproduction. In API world, plants are software, pollens are request/response between software, and Apis are APIs. 

Measuring mongoDB query performance

MongoDB has become one of the widely used NoSQL data stores now. The document-based storage provides high flexibility as well as complex query capabilities. Unlike in Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS), there is no formal mechanism for the data design and query optimization for MongoDB. Hence, we have to rely on the information provided by the datastore and fine-tune the performance by ourselves. The query execution planner and the logger offers valuable information to achieve the goal of having optimal query performance in MongoDB.

In the world of research or otherwise known as the world of "publish or perish", publishing a paper is of "life or death" importance. One of the most relevant measures of success in this world is the number of publications one has, and therefore the goal of every PhD student is to maximize it. Yet, given the time constraints a PhD student has, one has to perfectly plan the venues where he/she is going to publish. This is not a trivial problem. The problem aggravates when one has to publish a Journal article.  Therefore, we developed a tool that facilitates students to find the right journal given their time constraints.

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