Accession Number:

ADA371047

Title:

An Expanded Review of Information-System Terminology

Descriptive Note:

Professional paper

Corporate Author:

SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS COMMANDSAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

Terminology pertaining to database systems is reviewed particularly with respect to relational database systems heterogeneous, distributed database systems and information management methods. The literature of a variety of database researchers and data administrators is included in this review. A comparison between the different ways in which some of the terminology is used in the industry is presented. In some cases, different definitions of the same term can be consistent when these definitions pertain to different aspects of the entity that the term represents. In other cases, popular misconceptions about word meanings are explained. Resolutions to conflicts in meaning and usage are suggested. Both the similarity and the diversity of ideas concerning the most basic, as well as the more complex database concepts are covered. For example, the discussions range from an examination of the word, data, in the general section, to the classification of synonyms in the section on semantic heterogeneity. This expanded review contains further comparison between types of data associations and between information storage and retrieval methods. It includes a comparison between knowledge bases and databases.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE