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Who produces databases?
Anyone can produce a database. If you have a personal telephone/address
book, you have produced a database.
Individuals produce databases every
day. Organized by title, ingredients, or calories a database can
be created from a collection of recipes.
Government agencies produce many databases, especially in the U.S.
You can find health, crime, agriculture, and all types of statistics.
Since taxpayers pay for the government, most government information
is free to the taxpayer.
Commerical vendors produce databases. If there is
data, there is a need to organize it and make it searchable. That's
where the commerical
vendors make their profits. Many libraries pay subscription fees for
commerical databases. Just take a look at the list
of titles available to Virginia Community College students.