Oracle Database / Applications Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing Oracle and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • F

    flexfield

    In an Oracle environment, a flexfield is a database field that has flexibility built into it so that users can define reporting structures that are relevant to their specific organizations.

  • foreign key

    A foreign key is a column or columns of data in one table that connects to the primary key data in the original table.

  • G

    Good Automated Laboratory Practices (GALP)

    Good Automated Laboratory Practices (GALP) is a standardized set of best practices that are used to ensure data integrity for laboratory data that is gathered, processed, and archived by a laboratory information management system (LIMS).

  • J

    JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

    JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is a suite of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that is developed and sold by Oracle Corp.

  • M

    metabase (metadatabase or metadata repository)

    A metabase (sometimes called a metadatabase or metadata repository) is a database for storing metadata (data that describes data) for a specific purpose.

  • metadata repository

    A metadata repository is a database of data about data (metadata).

  • metainformation

    Metainformation is information about information.

  • multidimensional database (MDB)

    A multidimensional database (MDB) is a type of database that is optimized for data warehouse and online analytical processing (OLAP) applications. Multidimensional databases are frequently created using input from existing relational databases.

  • MySQL

    MySQL is a relational database management system (RDBMS) based on SQL (Structured Query Language).

  • MySQL Connector/ODBC (Connector ODBC or MyODBC)

    MySQL Connector/ODBC (sometimes called just Connector ODBC or MyODBC) is a driver for connecting to a MySQL database server through the Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) application program interface (API), which is the standard means of connecting to any database. Users can connect from within common applications and programming environments, such as Microsoft Access or Excel or Borland Delphi.

  • O

    object-oriented database management system (OODBMS or ODBMS)

    An object-oriented database management system (OODBMS), sometimes shortened to ODBMS for object database management system), is a database management system (DBMS) that supports the modelling and creation of data as objects.

  • Open Database Connectivity (ODBC)

    Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) is an open standard application programming interface (API) for accessing a database.

  • operational data store (ODS)

    An operational data store (ODS) is a type of database that's often used as an interim logical area for a data warehouse.

  • Oracle

    Oracle is one of the largest vendors in the enterprise IT market and the shorthand name of its flagship product, a relational database management system (RDBMS) that's formally called Oracle Database.

  • Oracle Autonomous Database

    Oracle Autonomous Database is a cloud-based technology designed to automate many of the routine tasks required to manage Oracle databases, which Oracle says can free up database administrators (DBAs) to do higher-level and more strategic work.

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