relational database

A complex database structure to hold a variety of different data in various tables which are related to each other in some way. Table is the name for each group of similar data with rows for each member of the entity and columns for each attribute. The (relational) database management system provides tools for linking tables together and selecting items from within tables. In this way, each user can be given a different view of the data. An example of a view may be a table set up for a particular type of user, such as a receptionist, who would only be able to access data relevant to their job.