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DATABASES. DATABASES. What do you think the word Database means?. DEFINITION: A database is a collection of data or information which is stored in a logical and structured way. Paper Based Databases. Paper Based Databases. Think of some advantages of Paper Based Databases.

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DATABASES

What do you think the word Database means?

DEFINITION:

A database is a collection of data or

information which is stored in a logical and structured way

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Paper Based Databases

Think of some advantages of Paper Based Databases

  • Cheap to set up
  • Don’t need electricity, so will work if you have a power-cut
  • Don’t need a computer, which is expensive
  • Can carry them around with you
  • Don’t need training to learn how to use them
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Paper-based databases

Think of some disadvantages for paper based databases

  • Can be lost
  • Can’t easily make back-up copies
  • Hard to update or make changes
  • Card systems can get in a muddle if cards not
  • replaced in the correct order
  • Can take a while to search for a particular record
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Computerised databases

Think of some advantages for computerised databases

  • Can easily make back up copies
  • Can easily make changes
  • Can easily sort into order e.g. alphabetical
  • Can search for particular records very quickly
  • Can import/export data to/from other packages
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Computerised databases

Think of some disadvantages for computerised databases

  • Can be expensive to set up if you have to have a professional to make it
  • If there is a power-cut you can’t use it
  • You need to have a computer
  • Can-not carry it around with you, unless you carry your computer
  • You often need training to learn how to use them
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