Using New Clues to Find Data.

Craig Fields, Nicholas Negroponte: Using New Clues to Find Data. VLDB 1977: 156-158
  author    = {Craig Fields and
               Nicholas Negroponte},
  title     = {Using New Clues to Find Data},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Very Large
               Data Bases, October 6-8, 1977, Tokyo, Japan},
  publisher = {IEEE Computer Society},
  year      = {1977},
  pages     = {156-158},
  ee        = {db/conf/vldb/FieldsN77.html},
  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/vldb/77},
  bibsource = {DBLP,}


Conventional date base management systems use symbolic clues to retrieve data--descriptions of the name, source or contents of data. A new data base management system also allows retrieval of information using spatial clues--where the data is located in the data base management system --and iconic clues--how the data looks. Information is displayed in a simulated space through which users can "fly" in search of data, much as people store and retrieve information from particular places in their offices e.g. , specific places on a bookshelf, specific piles of paper on a table, specific places within a filing cabinet. Exploiting the power of human spatial memory, the new system has the significant advantage of allowing the location of information when it cannot be precisely specified e.g., getting near information and browsing through information.

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Referenced by

  1. Matthias Jarke, Yannis Vassiliou: A Framework for Choosing a Database Query Language. ACM Comput. Surv. 17(3): 313-340(1985)
  2. John C. Thomas: Psychological Issues in Data Base Management. VLDB 1977: 169-186
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