Databases

Nick Ryan

Computing Laboratory, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NF, UK n.s.ryan@kent.ac.uk

Cite this as: N. Ryan 2004 'Databases', Internet Archaeology 15. http://dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.15.8

Summary

Databases are deeply embedded in archaeology, underpinning and supporting many aspects of the subject. However, as well as providing a means for storing, retrieving and modifying data, databases themselves must be a result of a detailed analysis and design process. This article looks at this process, and shows how the characteristics of data models affect the process of database design and implementation. The impact of the Internet on the development of databases is examined, and the article concludes with a discussion of a range of issues associated with the recording and management of archaeological data.

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