Communication can be complicated. When you combine machine-assisted technology, the problems can multiply. DATAVERSITY brought this interesting information to us in their article, “‘Talk to me, Data!’ – Getting Data Models Right.”

Data modeling is the analysis of data objects and their relationships to other data objects. Data modeling is often the first step in database design and object-oriented programming as the designers first create a conceptual model of how data items relate to each other. Data modeling involves a progression from conceptual model to logical model to physical schema.

However, we need to be able to generate data models semiautomatically because of the many vehicles of big data. Identifying what can be automated and what definitely requires human intervention can be a challenge.

Data models are vehicles of communication with human beings, who are business people as well as system developers. Everyone needs to understand the structure and the meaning of a given context.

Melody K. Smith

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