Structure, Content, Medium

I have been thinking about Art from the perspective of a Data Analyst and something occurred to me.

Databases have multiple levels:

  1. Logical
  2. Physical
  3. Storage
And at each of these levels you have two states:
  1. Qualitative
  2. Quantitative
It made me think about a two dimensional binary
  1. Art : Abstract / Qualitative
  2. Math : Abstract / Quantitative
  3. Poetry : Concrete / Qualitative
  4. Science : Concrete / Quantitative
Logical tables contain the structure of the database while Physical tables contain the content of the database and Storage places the content on a medium.
I looked at this and wondered if the construct was able to abstract further.
  1. Logical  :  Structure : Abstract / Concrete
  2. Physical : Content : Qualitative / Quantitative
  3. Storage : Medium : Form / Function
What this yielded was a three dimensional concept where each dimension had two states.  In other words, a binary cube.
Binary cubes have eight possible states
  1. Abstract : Qualitative : Form
  2. Abstract : Qualitative : Function
  3. Abstract : Quantitative : Form
  4. Abstract : Quantitative : Function
  5. Concrete : Qualitative : Form
  6. Concrete : Qualitative : Function
  7. Concrete : Quantitative : Form
  8. Concrete : Quantitative : Function
So we have a new set of Dimensions:
  1. Structure
  2. Content
  3. Medium
And a new set of states:
  1. Structure : Abstract / Concrete
  2. Content : Qualitative / Quantitative
  3. Medium : Form / Function
There are many 8 part models out there for system life cycles, system components, communication layers, data levels.  It would be interesting to see if there is any correlation between them and this abstraction.


I have worked with the Empirical Process (Experiment) in the background my whole career. It is not really any different from the System Development Lifecycle (SDLC). However, I have never seen the process really stripped down. So here it is as minimal as I want to get it.