database

An organized collection of information held on a computer. A special computer program, called a database management system ( DBMS), is used to organize the information held in the database according to a specified schema, to update the information, and to help users find the information they seek. There are two kinds of DBMS: simple DBMS, which are the electronic equivalents of a card index; and programmable DBMS, which provide a programming language that allows the user to analyse the data held in the database. On large computer systems, other programs can generally communicate with the DBMS and use its facilities. The term data bank is used for a collection of databases.

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