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Computer Science

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Databases

  • Michael BenediktAffiliated withUniversity of Oxford Email author 
  • , Pierre SenellartAffiliated withTélécom ParisTech

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Abstract

This chapter is about database research (or as we abbreviate DBR). To people outside of computer science – and perhaps to many within – it will be unclear what this term means. First of all, what is a “database”? Used generally, it could mean any collection of information. It is obvious that there are deep scientific issues involved in managing information. But information and data are very general notions. Doesn’t much of computing deal with manipulating data or information? Isn’t everything data? Clearly the databases that DBR deals with must be something more specific.