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SQLShare is now retired.

About SQLShare

SQLShare, a database-as-a-service platform designed to facilitate data sharing and collaborative analysis, helped people working with data to:

  • Use SQL and relational databases without the typical obstacles of installation, configuration, and explicit schema design
  • Spend more time advancing their work than “handling data.”
  • Build on their own results: the output of one query can be saved as a virtual dataset and used as the input to another query.
  • Collaborate with other researchers.
  • Have confidence in their results by providing provenance, effectively creating a digital trail of how results were obtained.

What is SQL?

SQL stands for Structured Query Language, and is used to communicate with a database. SQL statements are used to perform tasks such as update data on a database or retrieve data from a database. The standard SQL commands, such as “Select”, “Insert”, “Update”, “Delete”, “Create”, and “Drop”, can be used to accomplish almost everything that one needs to do with a database.

Several sites offer free SQL tutorials. Here are just a few:

Last reviewed January 20, 2021