Information Architecture Essentials, Part 7: Data-Store Design - The Role of Information Architecture in Data-Store Design
Valuable business information should never be left sitting around. It should be organized and saved into a permanent data store. In the past, these data stores were represented by large filing rooms filled with cabinets. Today, the same goal is achieved by using relational and other types of electronic databases. Just like those dusty file systems of yore, a legacy database tends to become the final resting place for useful business information - and this information is essentially lost, because it can't be accessed in a meaningful way. Data-store design can help the user establish an efficient mechanism to store and retrieve valuable business information.