What is a Database

Data Basics

What is a Database

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So what is a database?

A database is a collection of information that is organized so that it can be easily accessed, managed and updated.

Databases can be electronic like SQL or non-electronic like a phonebook. As long as there is information stored in a location it can be considered a database!

Data is organized into rows, columns and tables, and it is indexed to make it easier to find relevant information.

Example Products using databases:

  • Dynamic sites and apps like Facebook, Google, Apple, etc

  • Item tracking like USPS, a Library, etc

Some professional jobs that work with databases include:

  • Web developers, Data Analysts, and Data Scientists
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