A database is an organised collection of structured data, usually under the management of a Database Management System. The word database is often used when what is really meant is a DBMS.

There is a tendency to see a database or a DBMS as merely a system for the persistent storage and retrieval of data, but this view tends to miss the organised part of the definition.

See Also

Interacting with databases
Category Database
Comparing Tcl database abstraction layers
structured data
Lists systems other than database management systems that are dedicated to the general task of structuring and querying data.


The Database as a Value , video, Rich Hickey, 2012
A presentation about presenting a database as an immutable value instead of as a location.