A canonical data model (CDM) is a type of data model that presents data entities and relationships in the simplest possible form. It is generally used in system/database integration processes where data is exchanged between different systems, regardless of the technology used. A canonical data model is also known as a common data model.
An object relational database management system (ORDBMS) is a database management system with that is similar to a relational database, except that it has an object-oriented database model. This system supports objects, classes and inheritance in database schemas and query language.
Object relational database management systems provide a middle ground between relational and object-oriented databases. In an ORDBMS, data is manipulated using queries in a query language. These systems bridge the gap between conceptual data modeling techniques such as entity relationship diagrams and object relational mapping using classes and inheritance. ORDBMSs also support data model extensions with custom data types and methods. This allows developers to raise the abstraction levels at which problem domains are viewed.
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