Introduction to Data Base Management

  • T. Crowe
  • D. E. Avison


Interest in the data base concept has, like management information systems, continued to increase over the past few years. This is partly due to the fact that, to some extent at least, data bases are normally required to support the MIS. The term will be defined more rigorously in section 7.4 but as a preliminary definition we could say that data bases are the centralised set of files which are accessed by the system when reference to data is required. As organisations find conventional systems giving rise to duplicate information (some of which may be inconsistent) and a lack of standard practices in handling data, centralised control seems, potentially at least, to be an answer.


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  1. Date, C. J., An Introdustion to Database Systems (Addison—Wesley, second edition, 1977).Google Scholar
  2. Deen, S. M., Fundamentals of Data Base Systems (Macmillan, London and Basingstoke, 1977).Google Scholar
  3. These texts are particularly useful in their treatment of data base software and the various approaches to DBMS design.Google Scholar
  4. Martin, J., Principles of Data Base Management (Prentice—Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1976).Google Scholar

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© T Crowe and D. E. Avison 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Crowe
    • 1
  • D. E. Avison
    • 2
  1. 1.Thames PolytechnicUK
  2. 2.University of AstonBirminghamUK

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