ERIC Number: ED191131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Operating Policies and Procedures of Computer Data-Base Systems.
Anderson, David O.
Speaking on the operating policies and procedures of computer data bases containing information on students, the author divides his remarks into three parts: content decisions, data base security, and user access. He offers nine recommended practices that should increase the data base's usefulness to the user community: (1) the cost of developing and maintaining a computer data base must be justified in terms of valid, ongoing research questions and a large student population; (2) the data base should contain only accurate information necessary for answering important well-designed questions; (3) a formal, identifiable "body" must decide on the data base's content and the student population to be included in the data base; (4) identification numbers, rather than student names should be put on each record; (5) the coding of data must be compatible with the data base structure and consistent across years; (6) accurate, up-to-date documentation of the data base contents and coding scheme must be maintained; (7) the number of persons who have direct access to the data base must be severely limited; (8) several backup copies of the data base must be maintained; and (9) a system of priorities for performing requested analyses must be developed. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980). Not available in paper copy due to light print of original document.