Survey on data fragmentation issues for users
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Information is just data that is processed and given meaning. We live in a world where we use information to carry out the simplest tasks. We normally have different types of information, some very important and some less. Some of it is used for entertainment, some for the purpose of decision making, or just as a knowledge improvement tool. With new technologies being invented everyday, we tend to use different methods to store this information. We store information across various locations and across different services depending on personal preferences and needs. This causes information to get dispersed, most commonly known as data fragmentation. It is important to have efficient access to information at the time of need. However, although storing information in different places might aid in accessibility beyond geographical boundaries, it also hinders the process of finding and remembering the location of the right information. The following research study aims to gain insight into the methods used by individuals while storing information that is valuable to their daily activities. We also look at the mind sets of the users while they make decisions regarding storage methods. The empirical research carried out over the course of this dissertation provides insight on the causes and consequences of data fragmentation with regards to personal information. The findings have been analyzed and reported in readable format.
Thesis, MSc Master of Science
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