Data, model, and reality

Per Galle

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    What does it mean for a database (or any other computer representation) to ‘model’ reality as it is, was, or might be? If the database ‘models’ reality in some way, is the same true of its schema or the underlying data model; and if not, what do they express? These questions, though more philosophical than technical in nature, seem crucial to the understanding of data(base) technology, for it seems that all use of such technology presupposes one answer or another. In this paper I suggest one way of explicitly answering them; namely in terms of a Platonist ontology of abstract entities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of InterSymp-2000
    Place of PublicationWindsor
    PublisherInternational Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics
    Publication date2000
    Publication statusPublished - 2000
    Event12th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics - Baden-Baden
    Duration: 31 Jul 20005 Aug 2000
    Conference number: 12


    Conference12th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics

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