The Lived Logics of Database Machinery

Bernhard Rieder’s talk on the ways relational (vs network) database structure affects the ways we do things (and evaluate the results) in his Politics of Systems blog.

will argue that the vision of the “programmer as navigator” trough a database Bachman 1973 has, in fact, given way to a setting where database consultants, analysts, and modelers sit between software engineering on the one side and management on the other, redefining procedures and practices in terms of the relational model. Especially in business and government sectors, central forms of management and evaluation reporting, different forms of data analysis, but also reasoning in terms of key performance indicators and, more generally, “evidence based” management are directly related to the technological and cognitive standardization effects derived from the pervasiveness of relational databases. At the risk of overstretching my argument, I would like to propose that Thrift’s 2005 “knowing capitalism” indeed knows largely in terms of the relational model.

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