What is a Graph Database?

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Introduction

Graphs occur everywhere in everyday life: your network of friends, the network of roads you drive on, and the supply chain of factories, ships, and roads that brought you the device you’re reading this on. While it might be easy to connect the dots on how most things can be shown as a graph, what makes a database a graph database? That is the question you will have the answer to in this blog post, but to put it simply: a graph consists of nodes, edges, and properties representing the relationships within data.

In this article, we will discuss:

  • What is a graph?
  • What is a graph database?
  • Different types of graph databases.
  • Graph database use cases.
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Who’s Who in Data Science

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Multiple data science personas participate in the daily operations of data logistics and intelligent business applications. Management and employees need to understand the big picture of data science to maximize collaboration efforts for these operations. This article will highlight the specialized roles and skillsets needed for the different data science tasks and the best tools to empower data-driven teams. You will come away from this article with a better understanding of how to support your own data science teams, and it is valuable for both managers and team members alike.

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Data Modeling with Multi-Model Databases

Max published an article on O’Reilly Radar about the use case he presented on Strata+Hadoop World in London earlier this year.

Read how multi-model databases can be used in an aircraft fleet maintenance system by mixing different data models within the same data store. 20150612 arangodb treeofitems 01

A query language like AQL can help to answer maintenance questions like:

  • What are all the parts in a given component?
  • Given a (broken) part, what is the smallest component of the aircraft that contains the part and for which there is a maintenance procedure?
  • Which parts of this aircraft need maintenance next week?

Read on: O’Reilly Radar – Data modeling with multi-model databases

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