Definitions for "Database design"
Level: Component The conceptual structure and system layout of a database. Also used for the act of developing and creating the structure and layout of a database.
An effective, usable database is only possible if its designers have adequately incorporated the results of a full needs and task analysis. The database designer, in addition to programming skills, must understand the target user of the database, its intended functionality in both the short and long term, and all system and human parameters affecting its use.
the process of developing a database that will meet a user's requirements. The activity includes three separate but dependent steps: conceptual database design, logical database design, and physical database design [ IEEE 91].
Structure of a database. In spatial data management systems, refers to both the spatial and tabular parts. A collection of interrelated data sets stored together and controlled by a specific schema for efficient management of information. A consistent and specified set of procedures is used for building, maintaining, accessing, and interrogating information from a database.
Refers to the arrangement of data into tables and fields.