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Database - definition(s)

Database - 1) A collection of all the data needed by a person or organization to perform their required functions.

2) A collection of related files or tables.

3) Any collection of data organized to answer queries; or,

4) [Informally,] a database management system.

Databases usually consist of both data and metadata [data about the database's data]. When a database contains a description of its own structure, it is said to be self-describing. A database is integrated when it includes its relationships among data items as well as the data items themselves.

[Category=Database Management ]

Source: Northwest Database Services, 08 November 2009 09:49:08, External

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Database - A database is an organized collection of data. The data can be names & addresses, used cars or any other collection of data. Retrieving the data quickly and easily makes the data useful for analysis or to generate labels, lists, reports, etc. It is a file consisting of all inputs owned or controlled by a single company, including its customers, which can be accessed, retrieved, selected, augmented, and manipulated through multiple channels on line in real time for management of the marketing function.

[Category=Database Marketing ]

Source: Postcom, 25 February 2010 12:17:14, External

Database - is a collection of information that is organized so that it can easily be accessed, managed, and updated. Databases are sometimes classified according to their organizational approach: Relational Database, Object Oriented Programming Database.

[Category=Data Cleansing ]

Source: X4DB, 16 May 2010 10:41:34, External

Database - A large collection of data organized for rapid search and retrieval by a computer.

[Category=Information Management ]

Source:, 13 June 2010 08:05:23, External

Database - A collection of data which are logically related.

[Category=Data Warehousing ]

Source:, 26 July 2010 08:40:20, External

Database - A large collection of data organized for rapid search and retrieval by a computer.

[Category=Data Management ]

Source: DataMentors, 18 August 2010 09:14:45, External

Database - A collection of data, usually in the form of tables or files, under the control of a database management

[Category=Data Warehousing ]

Source: Aexis Business Intelligence, 26 November 2010 10:18:50, External

Database - This is any collection of data stored centrally, for example email addresses, recipient's name, address gender, date of birth details, etc. It usually refers to data stored on a computer or on a server.

[Category=Database Marketing ]

Source: DBG, 03 May 2011 08:13:34, External

Database - (i) An organised way of keeping records in a computer system. (ii) A collection of data files under the control of a database management system.

[Category=Data Quality ]

Source: DAMA UK, 16 July 2011 08:01:11, External

Database - An organized collection of data for one or more purposes organized in a way that supports the use this information. Relational databases usually contain some type of records (often arranged in rows) and fields (often arranged in columns).

[Category=Database Marketing ]

Source: Digital Formatting Services, 23 December 2011 09:10:30, External

database - [data storage] One or more structured sets of persistent data, managed and stored as a unit and generally associated with software to update and query the data. A simple database might be a single file with many records, each of which references the same set of fields. A GIS database includes data about the spatial locations and shapes of geographic features recorded as points, lines, areas, pixels, grid cells, or TINs, as well as their attributes.

[Category=Geospatial ]

Source: esri, 18 March 2012 08:08:41, External

Database - A collection of data arranged for ease and speed of search and retrieval.  A database is organized in such a way that a computer program can quickly select desired pieces of data. You can think of a database as an electronic filing system.

[Category=Business Intelligence ]

Source: University of Toronto Business Intelligence, 24 October 2012 09:36:47, External 

database - A database is a collection of information that is organized so that it can easily be accessed, managed, and updated. In one view, databases can be classified according to types of content: bibliographic, full-text, numeric, and images.

In computing, databases are sometimes classified according to their organizational approach. The most prevalent approach is the relational database, a tabular database in which data is defined so that it can be reorganized and accessed in a number of different ways. A distributed database is one that can be dispersed or replicated among different points in a network. An object-oriented programming database is one that is congruent with the data defined in object classes and subclasses.

Computer databases typically contain aggregations of data records or files, such as sales transactions, product catalogs and inventories, and customer profiles. Typically, a database manager provides users the capabilities of controlling read/write access, specifying report generation, and analyzing usage. Databases and database managers are prevalent in large mainframe systems, but are also present in smaller distributed workstation and mid-range systems such as the AS/400 and on personal computers. SQL (Structured Query Language) is a standard language for making interactive queries from and updating a database such as IBM's DB2, Microsoft's SQL Server, and database products from Oracle, Sybase, and Computer Associates.

Related glossary terms: Binary Large Object (BLOB), data structure, catalog, data mart, ECMAScript (European Computer Manufacturers Association Script), Visual FoxPro, segment, block, flat file

[Category=Data Management ]

Source:, 25 July 2013 08:21:11, External  

Database – a digital collection of data stored via a certain technique.

[Category=Big Data ]

Source: BigData-Startup, 23 September 2013 09:38:55, External

database - A digital collection of data and the structure around which the data is organized. The data is typically entered into and accessed via a database management system (DBMS).

[Category=Big Data ]

Source: DataInformed, 20 October 2013 09:33:49, External

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