Is there one word (or two word phrase) for 'data collection and data dissemination"?

For example, I would like to replace

I am building a text based system for data collection and data dissemination.

With something after the pattern of

I am building a text based system for data <some-word>.

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    Maybe data processing in general.
    – Eilia
    Jun 25, 2015 at 13:47
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    I am building a data warehouse or a data repository. It is usually taken for granted that the data are being collected for some purpose -- that information can be derived from the data analysed in the aggregate.
    – TimR
    Jun 25, 2015 at 13:59

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This may depend heavily on your use case. The word scraping is used to describe certain kinds of data collection and distribution, usually on web pages:

I sent our potential client all the data that we scraped from all our competitors' web sites.

  • Does scraping not imply that the data is being grouped, rather than distributed?
    – mijopabe
    Jun 25, 2015 at 14:08
  • I've heard it used both ways -- my gut says that distribution is implied, but perhaps not required. Perhaps it's purely pragmatic? It's not a perfect match but I feel it's close
    – Sawbones
    Jun 25, 2015 at 14:26
  • I can see how it would be implied by those who scrape data for others but I would still first envision just gathering the data when I hear scraping. I could then add a statement indicating that I would send the data somewhere. However, this means that it would not be distributed without that added statement. For the sake of pragmatism, I would agree as it would beg the question: why scrape if not to distribute for further use? +1 for in-practice applications
    – mijopabe
    Jun 25, 2015 at 14:47

Data Management?

I am building a text based system for data management


There are several acronyms that may apply based on the software domain:

I am building a text based system for ETL

I am building a text based system for OLTP

I am building a text based CRUD system


database management

creation and maintenance of a database

Usage examples:

  • High-performance computing platforms for numerical weather prediction and climate database management systems are also needed, Mukabana said. (Reuters,Feb 26, 2015)
  • They could create the customer interface, the database management, the accounting, and the transactional interface at retail. (Forbes,Apr 21, 2015)


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