Sunday, November 20, 2011

Databases- the health food of the information world?

We had another session led by Alistair Allan this week. He introduced features of various databases. He also compared search engines to databases with the analogy of fatty junk food vs. more nutritional fare- basically, quantity over quality. It was a very interesting analogy connected with information obesity. I was very naive, but the most surprising thing to me was the very tiny overlap between databases. I thought that most academic papers would be on nearly all major databases, but am pleasantly surprised that there is a lot more 'out there' than I had previously imagined.

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