Development of the Hydrodata CD-ROM Data Storage Systemby Patrick J. Call, US WEST Optical Publishing, United States,
Benjamin Harding, US WEST Optical Publishing, United States,
Earl Perry, US WEST Optical Publishing, United States,
Kimberly Mills, US WEST Optical Publishing, United States,
Abstract: To store and retrieve data from two of the USGS WATSTORE databases - the daily and peak values files - and the Summary of the Day file from the National Climatic Data Center, the authors chose CD-ROM, a laser-optic medium with storage densities more than 1700 times that of a 5.25-inch floppy diskette. The periods of record for the United States (over 2,000 Megabytes total) were placed on five optical discs. This paper discusses the technical/structural aspects of the project, and describes the resulting products.
Subject Headings: Data processing | Water storage | Hydrologic data | Databases | Information systems | Information management | Weather forecasting | Federal government | North America | United States
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