## Designing Databases for Historical Research

### C. Fundamentals of database design

#### C2. The Purpose of the database

As we shall see in Section E, the very first step in the formal process for designing a database is to decide what purpose(s) the database is to serve. This is something that is perhaps not as obvious or as straightforward as one might expect, given that databases in the abstract can indeed serve one or more of a number of different kinds of function. In essence, however, there are three types of function that the historian is likely to be interested in:

• Data management