The « I404C NoSQL » activity, taught to first year master students in computer science industrial engineer at the ECAM Brussels Engineering School (ECAM), is about NoSQL models and databases. In addition to presenting the four main models, the course covers NoSQL specific characteristics and properties.

I started to give this course in 2016 and I am currently giving it for the fourth time. The course is taught in English, but all the material is available in English and in French.




  • Work: Deploying and using a NoSQL database


Official book

  • Sébastien Combéfis. (to be published). Découvrir NoSQL et s'initier au big data et à l'analyse de données. UKO Publication.

Reference books

  • Pramod J. Sadarage and Martin Fowler. (2012). NoSQL Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Emerging World of Polyglot Persistence. Addison-Wesley. (ISBN: 978-0-321-82662-6)
  • Rudi Bruchez. (2015). Les bases de données NoSQL et le Big Data : Comprendre et mettre en œuvre (2nd edition). Eyrolles. (ISBN: 978-2-212-14155-9)
  • Guy Harrison. (2015). Next Generation Databases: NoSQL, NewSQL, and Big Data. Apress. (ISBN: 978-1-484-21330-8)

Other books

  • Dan Sullivan. (2015). NoSQL for Mere Mortals. Addison-Wesley. (ISBN: 978-0-134-02321-2)
  • Luc Perkins, Eric Redmond and Jim Wilson. (2018). Seven Databases in Seven Weeks: A Guide to Modern Databases and the NoSQL Movement (2nd edition). Pragmatic Bookshelf. (ISBN: 978-1-680-50253-4)
  • Dan McCreary and Ann Kelly. (2013). Making Sense of NoSQL: A Guide for Managers and the Rest of us. Manning Publications. (ISBN: 978-1-617-29107-4)

Scientific references

  • Ali Davoudian, Liu Chen and Mengchi Liu. A Survey on NoSQL Stores. In ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR), 51(2):1-43, 2018
  • Alejandro Corbellini, Cristian Mateos, Alejandro Zunino, Daniela Godoy and Silvia Schiaffino. Persisting big-data: The NoSQL landscape. In Information Systems, 63:1-23, 2017.
  • Felix Gessert, Wolfram Wingerath, Steffen Friedrich and Norbert Ritter. NoSQL Database Systems: A Survey and Decision Guidance. In Computer Science - Research and Development, 32(3-4):353-365, 2017.
  • Antonios Makris, Konstantinos Tserpes, Vassiliki Andronikou and Dimosthenis Anagnostopoulos. A Classification of NoSQL Data Stores Based on Key Design Characteristics. In Procedia Computer Science, 97, 94-103, 2016.
  • Rashid Zafar, Eiad Yafi, Megat F. Zuhairi and Hassan Dao. BigData: The NoSQL and RDBMS review. In Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICICTM), 120-126, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 2016.

Online resources