Making database systems usable

H. V. Jagadish, Adriane Chapman, Aaron Elkiss, Magesh Jayapandian, Yunyao Li, Arnab Nandi, Cong Yu
2007 Proceedings of the 2007 ACM SIGMOD international conference on Management of data - SIGMOD '07  
Database researchers have striven to improve the capability of a database in terms of both performance and functionality. We assert that the usability of a database is as important as its capability. In this paper, we study why database systems today are so difficult to use. We identify a set of five pain points and propose a research agenda to address these. In particular, we introduce a presentation data model and recommend direct data manipulation with a schema later approach. We also stress
more » ... the importance of provenance and of consistency across presentation models.
doi:10.1145/1247480.1247483 dblp:conf/sigmod/JagadishCEJLNY07 fatcat:x752ap3vgrcmhllervg32weuea