When I think about databases, sharing data, and really analyzing enterprise data, I sometimes think of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I had to learn parts of this poem in junior high (which was no small feat for my little brain). As I thought about what to write in this introduction, the first part of the Rime came to me. I include it here, for it seems to apply to the dilemma of data, data sharing, and the question of distributed data. The first part of the Rime goes like this:
“Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
Water, water, every ...

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