Unstructured data classwords

Unstructured data classwords

Each attribute on our data model ends in a classword. For example, “Number” is the classword in Account Number, “Name” is the classword in Customer Last Name and “Date” is the classword in Order Entry Date. As we start modeling more and more unstructured data, we need to get more precise than just the generic “object” or “blob” classwords, which today is often the “catch-all” for video, audio, photos, documents, social media posts, etc. For example, we may introduce a “Document” classword for Microsoft Word, PDF, Google Docs, etc. What other classwords would you recommend we introduce?


  1. Larry Burns 6 years ago

    We might consider new classwords for datatypes that need to be processed differently from traditional scalar datatypes, using different technologies. For example, “Message” might be a good classword for all the JSON data being created and consumed by “Internet of Things” (IOT) applications. And “Node” might be a useful classword for network data stored and managed in a database such as Neo4j. In our Engineering applications, we use “Shape” as a classword, referring to a geometric area bounded by a set of coordinates located a specific distance along a designated axis. This data is managed as a Java class. My general rule for classwords is that an instance of a classword must be an artifact; that is, a piece of data that is created, managed and consumed in its entirety (as opposed to, say, an entity, whose attributes may be created, updated or consumed by different people or processes at different times). A piece of data represented by a classword need not be scalar, and may contain multiple data elements, but all the data represented by the classword must be created, managed and consumed as a single unit of data.

  2. Hakan Arslanoglu 6 years ago

    We do have a DOCUMENT domain and the following as well: AUDIO, VIDEO, IMAGE, and a COMPOSITE if there is mixed content.

  3. Barbara Vostmyer 6 years ago

    I would recommend using “READING” for data objects collected from sensors on pieces of equipment and machinery. When analyzing this type of data, the individual readings are small but may occur every few seconds.

  4. Sreeni 6 years ago

    Execellent article..
    One suggestion. I would like to flip it based on content rather than type of coontent
    We can have a classword called ‘news’ for video news, print news, rssfeed , news portal


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