Database

Definition(s)

  • A set of interrelated files stored electronically on a computer.  1
  • A collection of related data entered into individual records consisting of a number of different fields.  2
  • Information arranged in the computer in a rigorous, defined format to allow ease of recording and retrieval.  3
  • A collection of data arranged in tables along with reports, queries, and forms. Modern relational databases employ complex linkages among the data in the tables so that information can be entered only once, but still used to present coherent reports. A table is like a spread sheet, in which the columns correspond to fields and the rows to records, for example, individuals. Each field or column of the record indicates one piece of information about that individual.

Notes

  1. Legal Electronic Document Institute, Basic Principles of Automated Litigation Support (2005).
  2. Legal Electronic Document Institute, Basic Principles of Automated Litigation Support (2005).
  3. Formerly American Document Management, Glossary of Terms, now 5i Solutions Glossary.