U.S. Geological Survey National Computer Technology Meeting: Program and Abstracts, May 7-11, 1990

U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 90-161

Compiled by B.H. Balthrop and E.G. Baker

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The Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey has made major advancements in the use of computer technology to meet the Survey‘s mission of providing the hydrologic information and understanding needed for the optimum use and management of the Nation’s water resources. The Division requires substantial computer technology to process, store, and analyze data from about 60,000 sites. To meet this workload, the Division organized its computer resources in 1982 through the Distributed Information System (DIS) Program Office, which manages the Division‘s national network of computers. The DIS is designed to provide computer resources in support of the Division’s current and future activities -acquisition and storage of hydrologic information, hydrologic data analysis, geographic information systems, reports and electronic report processing, and administration.

The Water Resources Division sponsored the first DIS Site Administrators Meeting in March 1984 in Denver, Colorado, and a second meeting in October 198.5 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The thrust of the first two national meetings was the training of Water Resources Division personnel in the use and administration of the Division’s computer hardware and software. Starting with the third meeting, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia, in May 1987, the name was changed to the National Computer Technology Meeting because the format evolved to include presentation of papers prepared by computer and scientific personnel in the Division. These papers document work done in the field of computer science as applied to hydrology, including the design and use of geographic information systems, use of nationally distributed software, the development of procedures for data-base management, and research papers on the expanding field of computer technology.

Training continues to be a major part of the National Computer Technology Meeting. This year’s meeting includes training on the use of UNIX operating system, UNIX system administration and security, the C programming language, local area networking, as well as a publication seminar. This report includes abstracts for papers and posters that have been accepted for presentation at the Fifth National Computer Technology Meeting.

Colleen A. Babcock
Technical Coordinator

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