I would love to know this information as well, but I was unable to find any further discussion by The Guardian or others in a similar situation.

Maybe they will get back to me

You inspired me to ask the development team on Twitter about exactly what we both want to know, so hopefully I will hear something back:

The JSONB format

On your point about the JSONB format not being a “document” store, I think I understand you to mean that any “document database” like NoSQL does not only store “documents” — it stores key-value pairs.

The document database defined

A document database is a type of nonrelational database that is designed to store and query data as JSON-like documents. Document databases make it easier for developers to store and query data in a database by using the same document-model format they use in their application code. The flexible, semistructured, and hierarchical nature of documents and document databases allows them to evolve with applications’ needs. The document model works well with use cases such as catalogs, user profiles, and content management systems where each document is unique and evolves over time. Document databases enable flexible indexing, powerful ad hoc queries, and analytics over collections of documents.

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