ERIC Number: ED030777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Jul-29
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Project BALLOTS: Bibliographic Automation of Large Library Operations Using a Time-Sharing System. Progress Report (3/27/69 - 6/26/69).
Veaner, Allen B.
Project BALLOTS is a large-scale library automation development project of the Stanford University Libraries which has demonstrated the feasibility of conducting on-line interactive searches of complex bibliographic files, with a large number of users working simultaneously in the same or different files. This report documents the continuing progress of the project in substantial technical detail, reflecting both accomplishments and problems. An initial objective of BALLOTS was to create an operational acquisition system compatible with Library of Congress Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC) records. Specifications are included in the report for converting MARC records into a special input format for BALLOTS and for the creation of a local on-line MARC file. Other activities are in process for the utilization of MARC. Supportive functions of the prototype acquisition system are searching, ordering, receiving, and accounting, and, for the most part, access to its files are with on-line terminals. Limited on-line search service is currently available at Stanford. (Successful remote on-line demonstrations have been conducted at several institutions.) A reference manual for communicating with the Stanford retrieval system is included in the report. Access is provided through the Stanford Terminal Processor (MILTEN) using an IBM 2741 Terminal (other terminals to be considered later) to communicate with an IBM 360/67 Computer located in the Stanford Computation Center. This facility plans to obtain 500,000 bytes of additional high speed (750 nano-second) core to support full-scale system functioning during all hours of normal computer center operation. Many more specific project developments are documented in the report. (JH)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Libraries.