Dylan Hantula

Bound Volume Number

Volume VI

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-2016

Capstone Advisor

Deborah Nosky

Capstone Major

Information Management and Technology

Capstone College

Information Studies

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graph database, Relational databases

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Management Information Systems


Relational databases have been the universal industry standard for almost as long as databases have existed. While relational databases are undoubtedly useful for storing tabular data that fits into a pre-defined schema of rows and columns, they are not very accommodating of interconnections within a data set. Forcing a highly connected data set into a relational database commonly results in severe performance issues in query return time. With the recent rise of social networks and other modern technological advancements, data is quickly becoming more connected and thus less suitable for relational databases. As a result, a new type of database, called a graph database, has emerged to store relationship-oriented data naturally and efficiently using nodes and edges. Deciding which database is more suitable for the task at hand is not always trivial, however. This paper sheds light on the differences between the two databases and delves into why one database might be more advantageous in certain situations.

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