Issue No. 03 - May/June (2003 vol. 5)
Norman Chonacky , Columbia University
Dante Choi , Columbia University
<p>Storing and organizing scientific and engineering information is a natural application for databases. But database designs and systems have conventionally been driven by the business-application market, especially by large businesses. The character of database software has tended to follow business drivers-inventory control, personnel services, and accounting- which are readily de.nable in advance and mutually understood by system users. Scientists and engineers in research environments have been left to develop, or possibly to adapt, business systems for their own uses, such as compiling individual researchers' measurement data sets prior to analysis and archiving critically analyzed data.</p>
N. Chonacky and D. Choi, "Science and Engineering Databases in an Open-Source Software World," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 5, no. , pp. 10-13, 2003.