Operation of the Harwell UK 14C Data Base and Its Expansion Through Data Exchange with Other Laboratories
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CitationWalker, A. J., Otlet, R. L., Housley, R. A., & van der Plicht, J. (1990). Operation of the Harwell UK 14C data base and its expansion through data exchange with other laboratories. Radiocarbon, 32(1), 31-36.
AbstractThe use of computer data bases for storage and retrieval of 14C data is a logical application for the rapidly expanding numbers of 14C determinations. Harwell has established a data base for all samples originating from sites in the United Kingdom and Eire. The core of the data is the Council for British Archaeology's published Index of Radiocarbon Dates which we are expanding to include all Harwell UK dates released for publication by the submitters plus dates from other laboratories both within and outside the UK. As a demonstration of the feasibility of direct database-to-database communication, cooperation has been sought from Groningen and Oxford to transfer computer files containing 14C results for UK sites. Neither of these laboratories use the same system as Harwell for their in-house data base and this exercise highlights the importance of a transfer language for both the national and international schemes as it is no longer practical to carry out such procedures through keyboard typing.