Accession Number : ADA291183

Title :   Archival Information Management System.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun 90-Jun 93,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : Hanratty, Timothy P.

PDF Url : ADA291183

Report Date : FEB 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : An invariable characteristic of any successful entity is its ability to effectively and efficiently manage its corporate information. The benefits gained as a result of maintaining such a resource have been echoed repeatedly through the years. Codifying the information and lessons learned from the past allow for the potential cost and time savings of the future. Towards this end, the Ballistic Vulnerability Lethality Division (BVLD) of the U.S. Army Research laboratory (ARL) bas adopted a policy of strict configuration management for its computer models and associated data. One requirement of this new policy is that every finished analysis be marked by a complete audit trail of pertinent information. All requisite input and resultant data are to be archived to the extent that future reproducibility and interrogation of results will exist. This report presents a prototype information management system named Archival Information Management System (AIMS), designed to meet the audit trail requirement for studies completed under the Modular Unix Based Vulnerability Estimation Suite (MUVES) environment. Described is a system that combines the utility of a relational database management system with a traditional hierarchical file structure to produce a strategy to archive, recover, and interrogate information for all future analyses completed with MUVES.

Descriptors :   *ARMY RESEARCH, *CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT, *CORPORATE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, DATA BASES, FILES(RECORDS), COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, POLICIES, LESSONS LEARNED, MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, STRATEGY, DATA MANAGEMENT, COST ANALYSIS, VULNERABILITY, PROTOTYPES, ARCHIVES, HIERARCHIES, REPRODUCIBILITY, AUDITING.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Information Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE