For the start of any research it is necessary to accurately baseline the field of study. This baseline was created through a worldwide quantitative survey to examine to what extent best practices and procedures were utilised by the database community for the management of database systems. 453 respondents kindly contributed to the survey. Part of this research from the quantitative stage is now published in the Information Systems journal.
An Audio Slides presentation is available introducing the paper http://www.sqltoolkit.co.uk/publications.html
The formal reference:
Holt, V. et al., 2015. The usage of best practices and procedures in the database community. Information Systems, 49, pp.163–181. Available at: http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0306437914001914
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More information about the research can be found at http://www.sqltoolkit.co.uk/