ERIC Number: ED045150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
Reference Count: 0
Searching and Editing Bibliographic Records Using the IBM Administrative Terminal System (ATS).
Webb, Linda; Turner, James
IBM's Administrative Terminal System (ATS) is an effective data collection device, but its searching capabilities are severely limited. Searching an ATS document line-by-line is a time consuming process requiring slow printout speeds. A search can operate only upon 9,999 lines of text at any one time. Working storage limitations make it necessary to maintain a quantity of separate ATS documents in permanent storage; each of which is brought in as needed and then returned to storage, so that a series of duplicate searches is necessary if the total file exceeds 9,999 lines. Storage costs as well as access limitations indicate that ATS work is practical only with relatively small and highly fluid files, unless it is used purely for data capture and text editing functions. Costs can be reduced by putting data into off-line storage when not needed and later returning it to the system, but this is not very practical in the present system configuration. To be accessible, data must be maintained in a rigid ATS format. Random searching cannot be done except in a very limited sense. In general, this project was considered worthwhile as a demonstration of the potential and limitations of terminal systems such as ATS. (MF)
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Authoring Institution: Five Associated Univ. Libraries, Syracuse, NY.
Identifiers: Administrative Terminal System