The VLDB Journal (2008) 17:1–3 DOI 10.1007/s00778-007-0074-x GUEST EDITORIAL Introduction to the special issue on database and information retrieval integration W. Bruce Croft · Hans-J. Schek Published online: 6 November 2007 © Springer-Verlag 2007 The goal of having a common platform for dealing with In the 1970s and 80s, a number of papers described the both structured and unstructured data is a longstanding one, implementation of IR systems using relational database going back to the 1960s. A number of approaches have been systems (e.g. MacLeod 1979 ; Crawford 1981 ). suggested, both from the database and information retrieval Efﬁciency issues persisted with this approach until the 1990s (IR) perspective, but the motivation for ﬁnding a solution (Defazio et al. 1995 ). Object management systems were or solutions that work has grown tremendously since the also successfully used to support indexes in search engines advent of very large-scale Web databases. Areas that were (e.g. Brown et al. 1994 ). The 1990s also was the period once the exclusive concerns of IR such as statistical infer- when important work was done on developing probabilis- ence and ranking, have now become important topics for tic extensions of database models for IR applications.
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