BUILDING AND ACCESSING A DATA BASE: SOME INSIGHTS INTO THE WORK BEING DONE AT THE AUSTRALIAN ROAD RESEARCH BOARD

This is the text of an invited paper presented to a LASIE (Library Automated Systems Information Exchange) meeting held in Sydney on 24th July 1979. The Australian Road Research Board's work in producing a local Australian data base in the roads area, both in hard copy (Australian Road Index - ARI) and Machine Readable (ARRD) format, is described starting with the motivation to begin and the co-operative aspects of the work. The processes of collecting and coding input, use of IRRD specifications, and reliance on author-provided abstracts are covered. Components of the computer system are detailed, as is the imminent re-write of programs to allow ARI production to proceed directly from the CFT format. Concern for standardisation and compatibility are highlighted as Essential to multi-processing work such as ARRB is doing particularly as a selection of ARI/ARRD items are sent overseas for incorporation in the international IRRD data base. Content of the hard copy AARI and machine readable files, ARRD and IRRD, are described as is the sophistication of retrieval possible using the on-line information retrieval network ausinet. The paper ends with some hopes for the future including development work so the ARRD and IRRD bases could be regularly tagged to show Australian holding libraries, thereby becoming union catalogues allowing specificity of retrieval not possible with manual or less sophisticated machine searchable catalogues. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Library Automated Systems Information Exchange

    P.O. Box 581
    Brookvale, New South Wales,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Bays, M
    • Staindl, M
  • Publication Date: 1979-5-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 3-26
  • Serial:
    • LASIE
    • Volume: 9
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: Library Automated Systems Information Exchange

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324962
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Limited
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM