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This is the first chapter in the web lecture series of Prof. dr. Bart Baesens: Introduction to Database Management Systems.
Prof. dr. Bart Baesens holds a PhD in Applied Economic Sciences from KU Leuven University (Belgium). He is currently an associate professor at KU Leuven, and a guest lecturer at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). He has done extensive research on data mining and its applications. For more information, visit www.dataminingapps.com
In this lecture, the fundamental concepts behind databases, database technology, database management systems and data models are explained. Discussed topics entail: applications, definitions, file based vs. databased data management approaches, the elements of database systems and the advantages of database design.