A line in the Dire Straits’ classic Telegraph Road goes something like “Then came the lawyers and then came the rules”. Is the sequence significant? Cause/effect? Do we need lawyers to manage the rules, or do we need rules to manage the lawyers?
When personal computing began it took a while for the concept of a “database” to be developed, but as soon as it was, it was very closely followed by the concept of GIGO. The sequence (cause and effect) also being particularly significant. GIGO of course, refers to that particularly database centric phrase, Garbage In, Garbage Out. So, do we have garbage because we have databases, or do we simply have databases so that we can manage the garbage? The real question is: do we really have to have the garbage?