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The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo presents ...

The infraNET Distinquished Speaker Seminar Series

Practical Solutions for Web Site
Content Management and Personalization

Deanne Farrar

LivePage Corporation

Thursday, January 28, 1999
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

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As web sites grow in size and complexity, new practical challenges emerge in the storage, management and retrieval of the site content. These challenges arise from the scale of the site, both in terms of number of users and volume of information, as well as the increasingly business-critical nature of web sites.

LivePage’s approach to these challenges is to store the content in a relational database system using a set of techniques referred to collectively as the Content Relational storage model. The DBMS provides the properties of security, data integrity, replication, scalability, and concurrency control. The LivePage Content Relational storage model complements and extends the functionality of the DBMS by providing capabilities such as word indexing and link cataloguing. The LivePage ContentServer delivers content from the DBMS to web browsers, while also providing representation transformation, presentation style, navigation features, and full-text searching.

Dave Boswell will discuss the architecture of LivePage Enterprise and how it is applied to address practical problems in the implementation of web sites.


David Boswell is President and CEO of LivePage Corporation, an Internet software startup based near the University of Waterloo. Previously, Dave worked at Sybase, Inc. (Boston) as VP and General Manager of the Development Tools business, and at Watcom, building its sales and marketing organization. Dave began his career at the University of Waterloo in software research and development with the Computer Systems Group. He has also been an adjunct faculty member of UW's Computer Science Department. Dave received B.Math and M.Math degrees (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo.


LivePage Corporation (formerly Inforium Technology) is a spin-off of the University of Waterloo, with a world-class development team comprised of University of Waterloo grads. The company has 15 people, doubling in size since July, 1998. LivePage Corporation provides software for building web sites that can grow large, be easily managed, and have their content personalized based on attributes of the user. LivePage Enterprise is an XML content-base management and publishing system.

Seminar Sponsor

This seminar is sponsored by the infraNET Project, University of Waterloo. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research.

For more information, contact:

Shirley Fenton
The infraNET Project
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Tel: 519-888-4074 Fax: 519-746-5422