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Conversion and transfer of downloaded records to personal databases

Conversion and transfer of downloaded records to personal databases Conversion and transfer of downloaded records to personal databases * Rolf Tönsing Systems Group, Academic Information Service, University of Pretoria, 0002 Pretoria, South Africa Abstract: This paper examines the problem many researchers experience of having to spend much time rekeying records obtained from external online and CD-ROM databases into their own personal microcomputer databases. An overview of the possibilities for electronic transfer of such records is given. For a university library and information centre, the need for a multipurpose reformatting program, capable of converting record formats, is demonstrated. One such program, HEADFORM, is used to test record conversion from one CD-ROM and four online databases to the personal microcomputer databases of three researchers and to determine approximate time savings by transferring such records electronically rather than manually. Results show that, with a few limitations, records from online and CD-ROM databases can be converted successfully to the formats required by these three personal database systems, and that significant time savings are possible. The Author Rolf E.Tönsing Rolf Tonsing studied at the University of Pretoria. He began his career in the Department of Librarianship at the Rand Afrikaans University in 1971. After four years (and a short period in West Germany, where he was married), he joined the Systems Group of the Academic Information Service at the University of Pretoria in 1975. Projects in which he has been involved include: automation; ID card and barcode systems; and information storage and retrieval systems. * This paper does not appear in these Proceedings in full as the author has already arranged to have the paper published elsewhere. The Electronic Library, Vol. 9, No. 4/5, Aug./Oct. 1991 267 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Electronic Library Emerald Publishing

Conversion and transfer of downloaded records to personal databases

The Electronic Library , Volume 9 (4/5): 1 – Apr 1, 1991

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0264-0473
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Conversion and transfer of downloaded records to personal databases * Rolf Tönsing Systems Group, Academic Information Service, University of Pretoria, 0002 Pretoria, South Africa Abstract: This paper examines the problem many researchers experience of having to spend much time rekeying records obtained from external online and CD-ROM databases into their own personal microcomputer databases. An overview of the possibilities for electronic transfer of such records is given. For a university library and information centre, the need for a multipurpose reformatting program, capable of converting record formats, is demonstrated. One such program, HEADFORM, is used to test record conversion from one CD-ROM and four online databases to the personal microcomputer databases of three researchers and to determine approximate time savings by transferring such records electronically rather than manually. Results show that, with a few limitations, records from online and CD-ROM databases can be converted successfully to the formats required by these three personal database systems, and that significant time savings are possible. The Author Rolf E.Tönsing Rolf Tonsing studied at the University of Pretoria. He began his career in the Department of Librarianship at the Rand Afrikaans University in 1971. After four years (and a short period in West Germany, where he was married), he joined the Systems Group of the Academic Information Service at the University of Pretoria in 1975. Projects in which he has been involved include: automation; ID card and barcode systems; and information storage and retrieval systems. * This paper does not appear in these Proceedings in full as the author has already arranged to have the paper published elsewhere. The Electronic Library, Vol. 9, No. 4/5, Aug./Oct. 1991 267

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The Electronic LibraryEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 1991

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