What is a database?

Colloquially, databases are software systems that manage data efficiently, store it permanently and make it available to users for research.

Database – backend

When we talk about databases, we mean, for example, SQL-based systems (backend): MySQL, Microsoft SQL, PostgreSQL or Oracle SQL. SQL is a database language (Structured Query Language)

Database – frontend

Users often use the term database to refer to the front end of the software, which they use to access their data. This can be, for example, a Digital Asset Management system or an image management program (image database).

Additional Info

The term database, although clearly defined in theory, is used very differently in practice.