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Familiarity with the terminology used with databases is good to know for any computer user who may run across a database to retrieve a request for information Databases have a language of its own If you are not at least familiar with the terms used when referring to databases you may be missing out on some very valuable information Data Resource Management Database Management Database Software Types of Databases Database Development and Data Access flow down the ladder with terms used that are unique to the fundamental understanding of databases The first and one of the most important concepts in understanding Database Management is to have a firm grasp of what data is why it is important and how it is utilized as an organizational asset The term data refers specifically to a body of fact andor information Infopleasecom Data resources are the combined packages of intellectual and hard information that an organization complies and stores about its internal and external environment OBrien 2000 pg 168 Inventories financial records market and industry trends historical performance and internal forms and processes are just a few of the types of data that organizations compile store and disseminate Data resource management is the application of information systems technologies set to the task of managing an organizations information The concept of data resource management has three major components database administration data administration and data planing In short these three components allow for the establishment of resources management systems procedures and information dissemination strategies respectively At the very foundation of these concepts exists a hierarchical grouping of data organization Data elements begin in the form of characters and progressively advance to higher level elements such as fields attributes entities and ultimately records Groups of correlated records fields of data form files or tables A database is the interwoven series of logically related records or objects OBrien 2000 pg 171 The need for a database management system arises from and
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