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INFS 428 January 17, 2012 Summary Notes Terms and Definitions Entity – a ‘thing’ about which data is collected Attribute – a property or characteristic of interest about an entity Relationship type – a meaningful association between/among entity types Data warehouse – an integrated decision support database whose content is derived from various operational databases Client/server architecture – a network model that distributes processes between clients and servers which supply the requested services. Database - organized collection of logically related data Metadata- data that describes the properties and context of user data Computer-aided software engineering (CASE) Database application- an application program that is used to perform a series of database activities Conceptual schema – a detailed specification of the overall structure of organizational data independent of technology) Database management system (DBMS) - a software system that is used to create, maintain,
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