In telecommunications, computing, and information architecture, a data bank or databank is a repository of information on one or more subjects – a database – that is organized in a way that facilitates local or remote information retrieval and is able to process many continual queries over a long period of time. A data bank may be either centralized or decentralized, though most usage of this term refers to centralized storage and retrieval of information, by way of analogy to a monetary bank. The data in a data bank can be anything from scientific information like global temperature readings, and governmental information like census statistics, to financial-system records like credit card transactions, or the inventory available from various suppliers.
Data bank may also refer to an organization primarily concerned with the construction and maintenance of such a database. The term databank is also obsolete (1960s through 1970s) computer jargon for database itself, and is frequently used in that sense in materials written in that period.
- Star Wars Databank
- Protein Data Bank
- National Trauma Data Bank
- Memory bank
- International Tree-Ring Data Bank
- Hazardous Substances Data Bank
- Electron microscopy data bank
- Dortmund Data Bank
- Casio Databank
- Conformational dynamics data bank
- Databank Systems Limited a former New Zealand banking agency
- This article incorporates public domain material from the General Services Administration document: "Federal Standard 1037C". (in support of MIL-STD-188)
- The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
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