Details of the CSDB (central shared database)

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Dear Office for National Statistics,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, for the Office of National Statistics CSDB (central shared database), please may I be sent:

(1) The name and version of the database software (eg Oracle, mySQL, etc);

(2) The definitions of the tables in this database in terms of names, columns and datatypes;

(3) The total size of the database in terms of its memory on disk;

(4) How frequently this information is backed up and/or reloaded into the database, and how long this process takes.

Yours faithfully,

Lisa Evans

Lauren Brown, Office for National Statistics

Freedom of Information Team

Please could you advise and respond to the following email.

Many thanks

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Dear Office for National Statistics,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, for the Office of
National Statistics CSDB (central shared database), please may I be
sent:

(1) The name and version of the database software (eg Oracle,
mySQL, etc);

(2) The definitions of the tables in this database in terms of
names, columns and datatypes;

(3) The total size of the database in terms of its memory on disk;

(4) How frequently this information is backed up and/or reloaded
into the database, and how long this process takes.

Yours faithfully,

Lisa Evans

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Paul Wearn, Office for National Statistics

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Our Reference: FOI00963/Evans/QE1

Dear Ms Evans,

Thank you for your email requesting information about CSDB. I am writing to
confirm that the Office for National Statistics has now completed its
search for the information and a copy of the information is enclosed.

(1) The name and version of the database software (eg Oracle, mySQL, etc);

Ingres 2006 (9.1.1), OpenRoad 2006.

(2) The definitions of the tables in this database in terms of names,
columns and datatypes;

Attached is a tab delimited file, TablesColumns.txt, containing details
for all tables on the CSDB database:

(See attached file: TablesColumns.txt)

(NB This list includes a number of "user" created tables, it would take
more than 3 days to identify 'real' from "user" tables.)

(3) The total size of the database in terms of its memory on disk;

The amount of disk space used by CSDB is 58Gb.

(4) How frequently this information is backed up and/or reloaded into the
database, and how long this process takes.

The database is backed-up every week night and takes 4.5 hours. There
has never been a need to restore the database.

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Regards,

Paul Wearn LLB (Hons)
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