Hi everyone, I quite obviously have a question about databases.
To give you the pertinent information: I am a creative person, college student, wannabe entrepreneur and big dreamer. I take inspiration and lessons anywhere and anytime. This has led to a bunch of information in a variety of formats. It might be word documents, handwritten papers and notes, recordings in .mp3 or .wav formats, videos, photos, articles, etc. You get the point.
I find the disorganization not only disconcerting and overwhelming but completely lacking in functionality. It's hard to keep track of everything for each project and to avoid redundancies. I want to sit down and finally compile each of these pertinent pieces of information into categories that I can apply "tags" to based on the multiple subjects it applies to, date, or any other parameters, so that when I want to access the information I can pull it up quickly and easily. For many of these things, they are almost like inspiration boards with all kinds of information, photos, etc. And some of these pieces of information have several purposes and apply to several projects... which is why I want to be able to apply tags to them.
Someone suggested to me once to get versed in databases and database software. Now, I am personally not very computer literate, but I am 100% willing to learn it if it proves to be what I want. Whenever I went to look into this, though, each database seems ideal for quantitative data, and not so much qualitative data. Also, it always seems to be something you enter in the form of letters of the alphabet or numerics like a spreadsheet and that appeared to me at first glance to be the extent of it.
That is why I am here to ask about databases. Is any of what I want to do possible with a database software? Or is there another program or process entirely that I need to consider? Ordinarily, I'd do a little research on a search engine myself, but I have been having trouble putting into succinct words what I am envisioning. Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.