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A versatile, source-independent system for digital data management

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A simple, easily used data management system for digital scientific data has been developed for scientists whose primary interest is data analysis rather than data management. This file system, herein called FLATDBMS, features standardized input/output (I/O) operations and nonhierarchical direct access self-documenting data files. The system is designed for scientists who interact with a variety of data sets when using FORTRAN programs. The design is particularly suited to searching for and selecting particular intervals of data, documenting data manipulations, and operating interactively with data. The cornerstone of the system is seven basic subroutines that perform the I/O operations in all applications programs. An interactive interface has been developed to allow easy viewing, selecting, and plotting of data stored in this format.

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