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Types of data

Almost all computer applications make use of data. Some of them are data centric, in the sense that their main purpose is to store, manage, and distribute data of some for. Other use data as part of their function. If you look at all these types of data, you can come to the following classification of types of data: Of course, the distinction between these four types of data is not always very strong. In some multi-media presentations we see a combinations of documents with streams. The data in Enterprice Resource Systems (ERP) is traditionally stored as records, but probably also overlap with complex because of the many complex relationships.

Depending on the type of data there are different means of storing data. Streams and document are mostly stored as files. Records are typically stored in Relational Database Managements Systems (RDMS). complex data are often stored in proprietary systems.