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Essential basic functionality

Retrieve and query datasets others have created

There are many high-quality datasets out there already, and we host many of them on terminushub. You can easily clone these datasets or integrate them in datasets of your own. After downloading them, they’ll be available to you for offline use - forever.

Work on a dataset without risking data loss

It can be scary to modify data. Nobody wants to lose hours, maybe even days of work by pressing a wrong button, or entering a wrong command. With terminusdb, you don’t have to fear. Every modification you do is stored in a way that allows you to undo. No matter how badly you screw up, you can always go back to an earlier time when things were right.

Whenever you modify your data, you’ll be asked to provide a message saying what you did. These will be kept in a log which you can view. If you so choose, you can go back to any previous version.

Keep your data valid with schemas

Structured data tends to follow rules. For example, a person has exactly one age, not zero or five. Terminusdb can enforce such rules on your data, so that when you try to give a person more than one age, the system will tell you that’s wrong, and why it is wrong.

If you have experience with relational databases, this is a bit like database constraints. However, the language terminusdb uses for schemas, OWL (the Web Ontology Language), is much more powerful than what you could accomplish in such systems. OWL is an industry standard with decades of research behind it. In terminusdb it ensures your data never goes bad.

Travel through time

Sometimes you don’t want to query the latest version of your database, but an older one. For example, for auditing purposes it may be useful to be able to query your database as it was at the end of the month, rather than how it is now. TerminusDB lets you query any revision.

Use branches to work on modifications

You may want to work on modifications to your data without messing with your ‘master’ version. For example, you may need to enter a lot of data over multiple days, but only make that the master version when it has all been entered. For this purpose, you can create branches.

A branch will start out with a copy of your data, but after that, any changes made will only be visible from that branch. The original data won’t be modified. When you are satisfied with all your changes, you can merge these changes back into your master version.

Share your work with others

When you’ve contributed to a dataset, or when you’ve created a completely new data set, you may want to share this with other people. Just like you can query and retrieve data sets others have made, others can also query and retrieve your data sets, if you make them available.

You can host these data sets yourself, by setting up TerminusDB on a server of your own, or you can use TerminusHub and let us handle the hosting for you. In both cases, any time you have changes you wish to share with the world, you can simply push these from your local machine to the central server, where others can pick them up.

Collaborate on data

Many datasets aren’t the work of one individual. They are built through the efforts of many collaborators. With TerminusDB, several people can collaborate on the same dataset and integrate eachother’s changes.

You can integrate other people’s work by rebasing your work on top of theirs, or by merging the changes together. In both cases, TerminusDB will help you ensure that the combined result will still pass all your constraints, and provides you with strategies to fix any problems that arise.