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Building the Unstructured Data Warehouse: Architecture, Analysis, and Design by Krish Krishnan, W. H. Inmon

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The “Tower of Babel” issue is perhaps the largest and most complex issue to deal with when facing unstructured data. In the Bible, we are told that long ago the peoples of the earth gathered together in order to build a tower up to heaven. The construction project failed because the peoples of the earth spoke different languages and could not coordinate their construction efforts. Thus, the importance of language integration was established long before there ever was a computer.

The Tower of Babel challenge refers to the fact that merely collecting unstructured data is not enough to start to analyze unstructured data. A great deal of attention will be placed on the resolution of this problem of language integration when we ...

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