INDUSTRY AND PRACTICE: Information Systems: Which Came First, The Information or the Systems?

INDUSTRY AND PRACTICE: Information Systems: Which Came First, The Information or the Systems?

Mark L. Gillenson (University of Miami, USA)
Copyright: © 1997 |Pages: 2
DOI: 10.4018/jdm.1997010104
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Abstract

Almost twenty years ago, an old database friend of mine, Bill Kent, published a book entitled, Data and Reality. I’ve always thought that this book represented the first (and maybe only) attempt by anybody at a treatise on the philosophy of data. The book began with a quote from Metaxides, “Entities are a state of mind. No two people agree on what the real world view is.” After describing a wide variety of conflicts, ambiguities, and semantic problems, the book ended with a chapter actually entitled, Philosophy.

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