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Designing a Macintosh interface to a mainframe database

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2 Author(s)
Benson, W.H. ; Lawrence Berkeley Lab., Berkeley, CA, USA ; McCarthy, J.L.

This work is part of a large project called MIST (Materials Information for Science and Technology) to develop a prototype information system for materials science. In the future, this architecture is expected to provide the basis for a common interface to a network of quasi-autonomous databases. MacMIST, the interface to the database, uses standard Macintosh as well as application-specific paradigms. MIST provides not only raw data, but also extensive metadata, including a thesaurus and glossary, knowledge of class hierarchies, and summaries of what data is currently available. MacMIST supplements users' a priori knowledge of context and meaning by incorporating such metadata into the interface dynamically. Use of caching and embedded menus facilitates fast and efficient access

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System Sciences, 1989. Vol.IV: Emerging Technologies and Applications Track, Proceedings of the Twenty-Second Annual Hawaii International Conference on  (Volume:4 )

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3-6 Jan 1989