Development of a Database Design for Serials Control in the Defense Communications Agency.
Final rept. 1 Jun-21 Jan 85,
DEFENSE COMMUNICATIONS AGENCY WASHINGTON DC TECHNICAL AND MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CENTER
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The Defense Communications Agency subscribed to about 500 serials, including technical journals, magazines, newspapers, government publications, microform editions of technical and administrative publications, and looseleaf services. Within the Agency the Technical and Management Information Center was responsible for controlling all subscriptions for the Agency. Using existing manual systems did not provide effective control over the subscriptions. Studies had shown that an automated system was both possible and desirable from a technical and management pint of view. This project was designed to develop an inhouse database for serials control in the Defense Communications Agency. The purpose of the project was to develop the logical structure for the database and identify the software and hardware to use for this database. The procedures were simply to gather the available information for the database, determine the objectives for the database, describe the organization of the data in a formal way, and to determine what software and hardware could be used to enter, store, and retrieve the information. This study showed the logical structure of the proposed database and the requirements for implementation. Recommendations were made to implement the database immediately using an IBM PC M300 version and dBase III. Benefits and costs of the data base were studied and it was predicted that the database should be cost-effective.
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