Information Management: A Project Proposal

Information Management: A Project Proposal


It seems that the writer was on the cusp of solving important problems of managing and sharing data between various computer platforms.  There is also the issue of marking up data so that it contains links to related information (hyperlinks).  This brings to my mind the HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) that allowed programmers to do just that.  Add to that JavaScript (Dynamic HTML) that can be imbedded into the HTML code, and you have a facility for accessing live data from servers and displaying it in a rich text format.  The writer expresses the need for serving up data from various platforms that store data in different formats.  One solution to this problem was the development of XML (Extensible Markup Language).  This language allowed the formatting of data from different databases into a commonly shared format.   The XML code both described and housed the data from a database.  This information could then be converted to HTML and displayed on a browser.  


New programming languages developed in the late 80’s and beyond tackled the problems of storing unstructured data of various types (text, file attachments like spread sheets, graphics, video) and serving them to the web, such as Lotus Notes, Java, Front Page, and I think Dream Weaver.  Even the larger data storage and crunching machines (IBM midrange AS/400) and Mainframes evolved to allow for unstructured data (rich text fields) to be served to the web in real time.


Forth generation computer languages are designed to remove the drudgery of coding instructions by allowing the developer to drag, drop, click and link visual representations of processes (icons) to construct an integrated application that can run on a standalone machine, or on a web server.   More and more web services are being created with built in facility to do this kind of forth generation programming in various context (i.e. Myspace, myYahoo, Windows Live, WordPress for blogging).  We are all able to be web authors.  We can dynamically exchange/query (google) each other’s stored information.  We are all to an extent data managers. The facility in which we can access and manage data will only improve over time.  


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