Sunday, March 9, 2008

Collection Management Systems

Why catalogue collections?

Record information about items in a collection
Sort the information in a variety of ways
Share information thereby providing greater access to the collection

What is a database?

A structured set of data held in a computer, especially one that is accessible in a variety of ways
(from The Australian Oxford Dictionary)

How is information stored?
Information in databases is stored in fields
Indexes are used to retrieve the information
For example - Word indexes; Term indexes

How is information displayed?
Report forms are used to display the information contained in fields

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