DATAREALISM: What does the data really show?

Eleven Years of Database - Driven Applications:

January 2017 Update: In the 11 years since the launch of datarealism.com (a site I initially started to showcase my theories about how database programming could be used in the context of creative thinking and writing), we have seen the large-scale adoption of Internet platforms for social networking, shopping, news, forums, e-publishing, music distribution, crowd-funding plus countless others, many of which of are said to be evidence of a potientially revolutionary change: a societal transition to a new economic paradigm known as "The Sharing Economy": All appearances suggest that "computation" is a small part of the social revolution taking place in our new hyper-connected, always-online social media environment. Today's revolution is all about COMMUNICATION - about how the traditional model of one-to-many ("mass media" or "broadcast") transmission of information, entertainment and infotainment is being made redundant by a more chaotic (but more inclusive) system fed by an unlimited number "content creators" who need only possess a smartphone or tablet as the prerequisite for participation... A parallel shift is occurring in the way we approach the future: we are moving from a focus on prediction (where yesteryear's "killer app" the spreadsheet program helped anticipate and forecast trends using data collection) to a new process of imagining and creating new systems of social organization with today's new brand of "killer app", generally referred to as "social networking".... All of this activity has led me to reevaluate my own efforts in the arena of database-driven networking applications and more specifically has prompted me to have a closer look at the functions and capabilities of the applications I have previously released as shareware products or online services...

- datarealism.com founder C.P.Bryan, January 2017

2008- 2017, FREE SOUNDTRACK MUSIC Royalty Free Music Database System:

image for FSM royalty free music site
Freesoundtrackmusic.com has been the most commercially successful of all the online database-driven applications I have deployed over the last eleven years. In 2008, the first edition of the FREE SOUNDTRACK MUSIC system was made available online. The initial version of the system was very basic, with only the capacity to store royalty free music in an online database and allow anonymous video producers to search for and download tracks (without any payment necessary). Gradually, user accounts and payment processing were added so that premium music would require purchase. As of January 2017, the system has been expanded to feature realtime mirroring of user accounts, activity and music content. In addition a host of advanced features like MASTER / MIRROR swapover and automated error detection and restart now allows for high availabilty even when technical problems occur or upgrades are being installed. From the user's perspective, music search by custom keywords or color association plus individually customizable lists of compositions have greatly expanded the functionality.



To demo the freesoundtrackmusic system, go to the service's homepage HERE.


2004 - The Wizzypage Web Design Layout Tool

The Wizzypage application was an experiment in drag-and-drop editing of web pages with a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) design interface. (In fact the name "Wizzypage" is based on that acronym with the letters morphed slightly from WYSI to Wizzy - and in retrospect, perhaps the name should have just been "Wysipage" to ensure that potential users were not inclined to imagine someone "taking a wiz". The original system had two components: a Windows based client application and a Java based server application. Both of the components made extensive use of databases. On the client side, an embedded database stored all of the text content and style sheet formatting for every page while the server side delivered the web pages which had been "saved" (uploaded). This application/service was released as a "Beta" prototype for a few years and for some reason became modestly popular in Brazil. Without any real strategy for monetizing this free service, the project was gradually phased out. A description of the desktop-only implementation is still available HERE.

1997 - 2012, The Cut'n'Mix Word Machine:


In addition to creating on-the-fly RAM based word arrays in response to a request from users to do a word randomization operation, Cut'n'Mix contains a unique proprietary dictionary database which assigns words to grammatical categories like: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs etc. This allows the application to randomly reassemble text according to a format defined in one of several different "text effects". The last production level of this Windows application was 5.4, which reflects the number of updates and additional functions which have been added over the years, including such things as automatic poetry.



Find out more about the Cut'n'Mix Postmodern Word Processor for Creative Writing.


Version 1.2 of The ROBOCOLLAGE Automatic Collage Builder

Automatic Collage Example
ROBOCOLLAGE stores images and text in an embedded database to be selected randomly for automatic construction of a web page MASHUP. And when I say "mashup" I mean really mashed up: The image files are just strewn and layered randomly across the page... In addition to randomly drawing from this pool of prefab web page elements, the program also optionally allows for mixing up digital photos or artwork from a user-designated folder. The version 1.2 release is now free for personal use, with a small licensing fee required for users who want to publish or upload the collage artwork that is generated by the application. To view examples of artwork created with the ROBOCOLLAGE, Go to the Automatic Collage Gallery HERE. To download the application installer or find out more details about the application, go to the ROBOCOLLAGE Information Page HERE.

The Public Representative Constituency (Party Wreckers) System

Database designer C.P.Bryan turns his attention to the political sphere by asking the question: Is there a way to make politicians more accountable to their constituents? As the conclusion of a two year review of political theory and careful reading of recent publications dealing with the current widespread frustration and disillusionment with the current status quo in politics, a new design project emerges with the following fundamental assumption:

The primary reason voting citizens feel that their government does not represent their interests is that elected politicians must take direct orders from the political parties they belong to. In other words, the parties come before the people. A new social networking system used by representatives and their constituents could undermine the creepy mind control that parties exercise over their members...

Find out more about the P.R.C. Party Wreckers System.


For more information, contact: colin@datarealism.com


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Spin-offs, Etc.

Little Mp3 Shop
Little MP3 Shop is a spin-off of the Free Soundtrack Music library system. It is a Mp3 Librarian and online storefront application which has been configured as a Windows service for use on Win 2003 or 2008 server editions. This initial freeware edition provides all the necessary components to run a Do-It-Yourself online music shop. For detailed information about the features and configuration options, plus the download link for the installer, go to the LittleMP3Shop home page.

More examples of ROBOCOLLAGE Artwork:


Automatic Collage 1
See large version of "Despoilation Decontaminators"

Automatic Collage 2
See large version of "Things Invisible"