Conversational Water Quality Data Retrieval System

by Douglas W. Larson, Limnologist; Hydr. Section, United States Army Corps of Engrs. Dist., Portland, Oreg. 97208,
Thomas Bingham, Statistician; Boeing Computer Service, Energy-Tech.-Application Div., Tukwila, Wash. 98188,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 239-243

Document Type: Journal Paper


A water quality data management system which simplifies the retrieval of computer-stored data is explained. Everyday conversational language provides the communication between the data retriever and the computer, minimizing the need for specialized training and expertise in computer operations. Information is handled through use of the data base management system SIR (Scientific Information Retrieval) and a FORTRAN program that interfaces SIR with the user. Because all operating commands are built into the system, little or no experience with computers is required.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Information management | Systems management | Hydrologic data | Quality control | Computer languages | Information systems | Training

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