Structure: Solid, Liquid, Gas

After some reflection, I think the metaphor of structured, semi-structured and unstructured unities is incorrect. For example, there are structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, however the examples Steve Hoffman provides are incorrect. A relational database is structured data, however both a spreadsheet and a text document are both semi-structured data. They are just at either end of a spectrum. Unstructured data is data which is a complete exception–there exists no format to make it readable. Ultimately, it is simply ignored by the system because, though it may have value it cannot be captured.

If my hypothesis is correct, then there is more semi-structured examples of each of the unities than any other type.

Links:

Sun Tzu, Water and Unstructured Systems

Systema: Structure Events

Came across this interesting blog entry on structured and unstructured schedules.

Unstructured Time to Think

Unstructured Time Study

Structured-Event Based Systems

Structured Events and the Brain

Unstructured Event Management

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Systema: People Structure

Clay Shirky reveals the implications of structured, semi-structured and unstructured people

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Link: Systema: Data Structure

Systema: Structure

I just read a white paper by Steve Hoberman on Structured, Semi-Structured and Unstructured data. It immediately lead me to take this paradigm and apply it to each of the six unities. This gave me the following table:

For Datum, Steve gave the examples of a relational database for structured, a spreadsheet for semi-structured and a text document for unstructured.

I will be thinking about examples to fill in all the remaining cells.