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Managing Multimedia and Unstructured Data in the Oracle Database by Marcelle Kratochvil

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Chapter 1. What is Unstructured Data?

There has been a noticeably slow uptake in the use of databases to manage unstructured data, in particular multimedia data. The technology at both the hardware and software levels for the management of multimedia is both mature and stable. What is preventing sites from the move to storing multimedia in the database is attributed to a lack of expertize, understanding, and a conservative view fostered by a number of factors including historical issues with performance and integration software.

Initially it is important to define what multimedia is in relation to structured and unstructured data. Unstructured data is any data that is not stored in a structured format. Structured data is anything that has an enforced ...

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