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Data Modeling Made Simple: A Practical Guide for Business and IT Professionals by Steve Hoberman

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CHAPTER 14 What is unstructured data?

Text, music, picturesTurning my world upside downTaxonomy, help!

By Bill Inmon

Bill Inmon has written 50 books, translated into 9 languages. He is considered to be the father of data warehousing. In this chapter, Bill explains unstructured data, along with taxonomies and ontologies.

Unstructured Data Explained

For years, the information technology community has focused on structured data. Structured data is data that is repetitive. There are many forms of structured data –

  • bank activities
  • insurance premium payments
  • airline reservations
  • order processing
  • manufacturing job completion, and so forth.

In structured processing, the same activity is measured over and over. The only thing that changes from one ...

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