Database Fundamentals: 2File: N_drive:\jhu\class\1995\db-fund.ppt
© 1994, 1995 Robert Robbins
What is a Database?
•A database is any collection of related data.
•A database is a persistent, logically coherentcollection of inherently meaningful data, relevantto some aspects of the real world.
The portion of the real world relevant to the database is sometimes referredto as the
universe of discourse
or as the
. Whatever itis called, it must be well understood by the designers of the database.