Thread: General Data Collection Storage
06-24-09, 17:42 #1Registered User
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Unanswered: General Data Collection Storage
I am designing a new laboratory database. I want to store the raw results for all tests together.
In some cases, the result is a single value. However, the result is sometimes a raw waveform or signal.
Which case below is ideal (and why)? ... or provide your own ideal option.
Option 1: Store each individual data point as a separate result row (with an offset from t=0).
Option 2: Create a signal_header table (start time, sample rate, units, etc) which links to a raw_signal_value table (signal, offset index, value).
Option 3: Store the raw data in an external file to retrieve when necessary.
06-24-09, 21:36 #2Registered User
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>I am designing a new laboratory database.
I doubt this is the first of its kind.
What architectures have been used in the past?
>I want to store the raw results for all tests together.
Perhaps you should consider Third Normal Form.
>In some cases, the result is a single value.
What is the Unit of Measure for stored single value?
For example, say your are storing temperature (as a single value).
Degrees Farenheit, Celcius,Kelvin, etc?
>However, the result is sometimes a raw waveform or signal.
In database or computer science terms, EXACTLY how is a "waveform" stored?You can lead some folks to knowledge, but you can not make them think.
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