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

1.1. Introduction

1.1.1 Technology Exuberance – A Time Flight

1.1.2 From early Database Industry to Standardisation

1.1.3 IBM Architecture und the spatial Dispositifs of Research

2. Entry Points

2.1. On the Genealogy of the relational Model

1.2.1 Placing the user into the center

Information Retrieval

Non-Sequential Memory Access

Formalization of Data Entry

User centering

Context: Hyperlink and Set Theory

1.2.2 Names and Meaning

Entities in the Mirror of the Universalism Debate

1.2.3 Set theory and machine independence

Context: Time-Sharing and Virtual Addressing

Machine independence and Relational Set Theory

1.2.4 Data independence

1.2.5 The relational view on information and normalized relations

(Mathematical) Set Theory

Modell, Scheme, Relation


1.2.6 Summary

2.2. Table/Diagrammatics/User-Interface

2.1.1 The table as memory and knowledge tool

Tavola – Tablet – Table

Constructio and In-Formation


Temporal and Spatial Order

Knowledge Operations

2.1.2 Table practices

Knowledge Tables

Statistics, Organization, Processes Tables

Mathematical Tables

2.1.3 Summary

Emptyness and Processualtiy


Surfaces and Subfaces

2.3. Transaction

2.3.1 Media-economic cluster

Business knowledge and Double-Entry Bookkeeping

Depersonalisation of Capital and Recording

Entanglement of Knowledge Domains

2.3.2 Processing Transactions

A ticket seller becomes an information broker (American Airlines)

From Management Information System to Informationmanagement System

OnLine Transaction Processing (OLTP)

Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)

2.3.3 Extending the data zone (summary)

3. Stations – Electronic Databases in the GDR

3.1 Robotron Dresden: Subject Area Programming Systems (SOPS) – The »socialist SAP«?

3.2 Robotron Dresden: Memory bases of technological Information

3.3 Berlin, Moscow, Warsaw, Budapest, Sofia: The Unified System of Electronic Processing Technology (ESER)

3.4 Technical University Dresden: Seminar »Data and Program Bases«

3.5 Zella Mehlis & Dresden: Random Access Disk – Hard Disk Production and Import into the GDR

3.6 IBM California, Scientific Journals und Robotron Dresden: Daba 1600 – A relational Database on the Transition from Mainframe to Mini-Computers

3.7 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