Ph.D. research outline as of May 2018. Contact and Newsletter below.


Relational Databases – Origins, Operationality und Usage in a East-West-Comparision

1. Contextual Concepts


  • Technology exuberance – A time flight
  • From early database industry to standardisation
  • IBM architecture und the spatial dispositifs of reseach

2. Entry points

Conceptual origins of the relational Model

  • Placing the user into the center
  • Names and Meaning
  • Set theory and machine independence
  • Data independence
  • The relational view on information and normalized relations
  • Summary


  • The table as memory and knowledge tool
  • Table practices
  • Summary


  • Media-economic cluster
  • Processing Transactions
  • Extending the data zone (summary)

3. Stations – Electronic Databases in the GDR

  • Robotron Dresden: Subject Area Programming Systems (SOPS) – The »socialist SAP«?
  • Robotron Dresden: Memory bases of technological information
  • Berlin, Moskau, Warschau, Budapest, Sofia: The Unified System of Electronic Processing Technology (ESER)
  • Technical University Dresden: seminar »Data and program bases«
  • Zella Mehlis & Dresden: Random Access Disk – hard disk prodcution and import into the GDR
  • IBM California, scientific journals und Robotron Dresden: Daba 1600 – A relational database on the transition from mainframe to mini-computers
  • Dresden & DDR: Redabas – Popularization through radio and tv

4. Epilogue: Relational Databases in East and West – media and social transformations



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Francis Hunger, databasecultures@irmielin.org

→ author: Francis Hunger, published on: 2013-Jun-18