Modern dataware houses are not confined to strict tabular data loaded into the database using the COPY INTO statement. In many areas, most notably in the scientific domains, proprietary file formats have been designed, augmented with libraries to create and inspect them. MonetDB recognizes the value of such choices and provides an easy way to open up these treasure chest for SQL querying. Therefor, it introduces a series of data vault, each geared towards supporting a well-defined foreign file format.
This topic is the focus in ongoing research .