"Intelligent databases are databases that manage information in a
natural way, making information easy to store, access, and use."
(Intelligent Database Tools & Applications by Kamran Parsaye
and Mark Chignell)
The purpose of an intelligent database is "decision support." It is meant to
assist the expert by providing easy access to key information.
"Early maps only showed a few well-known features like the 'Pillars of
Hercules' (the modern Straits of Gibraltar) or the island of Sicily. Once the map was
outlined in terms of its major features, succeeding generations of mapmakers filled in the
details. . . . Similarly, the concentric designer begins by sketching out the main
features, based on the key constraints, and then successively elaborates these until the
details are crystallized."
(Expert Systems for Experts by Parsay & Chignell, p. 53)