Managing Downloaded and Created Digital "Home Data": End-User Databases for Teachers and Researchers
Abstract: Information technology has provided people the world over with access to vast amounts of data, particularly digital data searchable and retrievable online. As beneficial as this ability is, not all data found online are consumed there. Databases, though long considered invaluable not only as useful information retrieval and management systems but also as tools that foster higher-level thinking, have yet to be widely adopted by individuals on their own personal computers. As such, relatively few teachers and researchers have turned to databases as a means to manage their own ever-increasing amount of digital “home data.” The present paper details by explanation and example the benefits bestowed to such professionals should they move away from the typical file-and-folder personal computer archive structure to end-user databases that allow for the creation, storage, organization, and retrieval of information in personally meaningful and intuitive ways.
Presider: Brian Rubrecht, Meiji University