Optical laser technology, specifically CD-ROM, and its application to the storage and retrieval of information
Lind, David J.
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One of the significant problems of this "information age" is the production of vast amounts of information in a form that is neither convenient nor cost effective. This information is most often produced and distributed on paper and the resultant effort in production, distribution and retrieval is herculean. A possible solution to this, is the new optical laser technology and its use in the storage and retrieval of large amounts of information. Through the use of this technology in the non-classified areas of the Department of Defense the effort in all three areas can be greatly reduced and the end user can become more efficient. In many areas of DOD , the greatest benefit would be the regained space and weight associated with the distribution of the manuals and other typically paper products on a Compact Disc - Read Only Memory (CD-ROM). One CD-ROM weighs less than an ounce and is capable of storing over 270,000 pages of text. The saved shipping and handling costs alone would be astronomically reduced not to mention the end user who would have a more effective and efficient product. The CD-ROM is designed to work as a peripheral device to a microcomputer and can therefore be made available to any user with an IBM compatible microcomputer. The application/demonstration portion of this thesis took over 2 million database records, from the Transaction Ledger On Disc (TLOD), at the Naval Supply Center (NSC) in Oakland and pressed them to a single CD-ROM. The menu driven retrieval software with indexing on 3 criteria was also provided. It is evident that optical laser discs, principally in the form of CD-ROM, are more than just an innovative technology, indeed, they have an important part in the future of the U.S. Navy, of the Department of Defense, and all of our nation. The storage and retrieval of information is to be dramatically effected by this technology.
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