WITS/Red Sox

Garrett Wollman wollman@csail.mit.edu
Tue Oct 10 11:36:20 EDT 2006

<<On Sun, 08 Oct 2006 03:25:03 -0600, "Sid Schweiger" <sid@wrko.com> said:

>> [Dan Strassberg:]
>> I'm embarassed to say that I don't know what the C in CDBS stands
>> for.  I'm quite sure that Scott Fybush knows. Garrett probably
>> knows too. The DBS part stands for database system. The most
>> obvious guess for the C is computer, but I believe that would be
>> wrong.

> AFAIK it stands for "consolidated."

That's correct.  The FCC staff used to have several distinct databases
(running on various DEC DBMS products under VMS): one for technical
data, one for call signs, one for ownership, and so on.  The purpose
of CDBS was to convert these obsolete database systems into a modern
relational DBMS, and then to "normalize" the form of the data so that
every station, every application, every party, etc., had exactly one
unique database key, and each bit of information regarding a subject
was stored in exactly one place.


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