Description or Design: Which is Better for Data Modeling? {Comments Off on Description or Design: Which is Better for Data Modeling?}

by Katheryn T
The article I read about was focusing on the question of how data modeling is characterized. Specifically, is it design or is it description?  In the article, there were hundreds of people surveyed to find out what they thought. Questions spanned from asking what data modelers believe is the scope of the design process to will different data modelers produce different conceptional data models for the same scenario (Simsion, Milton, & Shanks, 2012)? Over the course of the surveys, the researchers discovered that many data modelers view database modeling as design, and other subjects, such as the business problem, were more descriptive than creative. The contributors that felt problems can be handled with design found that businesses don’t really knowing what they want. This was an opportunity for creative and new perspectives to be introduced. Over all, the researchers discovered that challenging business requirements where split between design and descriptive, data modeling was considered a creative activity, and that data modeling does not have one single right answer (Simsion, Milton, & Shanks, 2012). read more...