The Evolution of Databases

596 WordsJan 7, 20182 Pages
Database: Throughout the history of information, human beings have shifted seemingly rapidly from the oral storytelling tradition, to manuscripts then printed books, filing systems, and databases. As part of the shift from paper-based to web-based, databases were developed and established to help in dealing with the problems associated with file-oriented systems. Notably, the development of these databases was brought by the re-evaluation of the tools and techniques for information management. This in turn resulted in the rapid growth of networked information resources and representation in which World Wide Web technologies played a crucial role in redesigning the information management tools. Moreover, the origin of databases can be traced to the period where various efforts were made at office automation by several companies including IBM. As these efforts were mainly carried out between 1960s and 1970s, they resulted in the development models and technologies that are still used today. Databases developed from the initial database management system in the early 1960s to networked and hierarchical relationships for data. This was followed by the growth to SQL-based and relational database models that characterize the modern database management systems (Moghaddam, 2009). A database is described as a large collection of data that is arranged for easy storage and retrieval. In some cases, a database is defined as a large collection of data that is organized,
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