Monday, May 12, 2008

Making data accessible

Somebody who reads this blog (if there's anybody left after the long interruption between posts) knows what this means for our business. Sadly, that person isn't me.

If this strikes any chords with you, write and let me know, please.


  1. If that text strikes a chord, it's a G flat minor 12th or something really dissonant. I haven't a clue what it means.

  2. "Hadley" in comments points out that it sounds like it does pretty much what does (let you create a database easily) - only rather than provide DB structures (aka database models, aka database design schemas) for you themselves, they make _all_ users' database schemas available
    (so you can leverage off of the design work that someone else has done - you clone their structure, then modify it if desired; like you can do with Yahoo Pipes)

    And they cross their fingers that their automated ranking system will let the best ones bubble up to the top, so you can find them easily - which may well be wishful thinking.

    alas the post is written in missionstatementese ("innovating in unique ways to create breakthroughs in usability in order that mainstream users can design their own data models")

    If you're a journalist who wants to store some data in a structured way (so you can use it for perhaps-as-yet-unknown purposes without having to mess with its guts) you could set up the database without needing to know anything about SQL (or Access or...), and maybe it's more flexible(user-modifiable) than DabbleDB.

    In theory at least.
    (i haven't tried it or DabbleDB)