Cover: The catalog: a flexible data structure for magnetic tape [by] Martin Kay and Theodore Ziehe.

The catalog: a flexible data structure for magnetic tape [by] Martin Kay and Theodore Ziehe.

Published 1965

by Martin Kay, Theodore W. Ziehe

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An outline of a generalized storage sscheme for large files of highly structured data (or catalogs) and a description of their realization on magnetic tape. Each datum, large or small, is assigned to one of a number of data classes of which a user may define any number. The over-all organization of a catalog is given by a map that imposes a tree structure on the set of data classes. Catalogs may participate as individual data in other catalogs so that the structure of a file may be recursive. A flexible addressing scheme not only facilitates the retrieval of data and sets of data in response to easily formulated requests but also provides a basis for updating catalogs. General procedures called transformations can be used to derive catalogs with new structures from existing catalogs.

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