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Re: Synomyms for Database or Catalog

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> Well, I do not know what is supposed to be wrong with the word Database.  This is a scientific institution and it may be that ''database'' is used frequently around here, with various meanings, specific to whatever a dept.  does.
I do not know.  
I want a word LIKE ''catalog'' that connotes what the databse does (catalogs, describes,  and locates).
I do like ''Inventorium'' best, but I donot know how far that would get  here.  Inventory is not good either.

Y'all chime in !!!

Paige S.


> From: "VanBuren, Stephen" <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: 2006/05/05 Fri PM 01:47:52 CDT
> To: <[log in to unmask]>, 
> 	<[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: RE: Synomyms for Database or Catalog
> 
> How about Titanic?
> 
> Seriously, though - without knowing for certain what you are actually
> doing with your access program, the most generic (safe?) term might be
> something like 'Table' - an index is a fairly narrow term for what
> access does, while catalog is descriptive, but also very general.  Did
> they give a reason for not liking Database?  It seems to be in pretty
> general use these days.
> 
> Stephen (who wasn't having all that hot a Friday until his ship came in)
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Archives & Archivists [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf Of [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 1:34 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Synomyms for Database or Catalog
> 
> OK Group, as long as we are on terminology ---
> 
> We are writng SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and the powers that
> be do not want me to use the term ''Database'' for what my Access
> program does. They want me to use the word "Index."  I believe that is
> not adequate.  At this point  (and I have not given it much thought,
> yet) I am leaning towards the use of  the term "catalog."   "Finding
> Aid' is totally beyond my Powers-That-Be, but of course that is what
> Access does (not well, but whatever......)
> 
> What terminology have some of y'all used in this situation?  I do want
> to be consistent and standardize this with what other Archives are
> doing.
> 
> Any ideas are appreciated.  
> 
> (Please avoid the terms 'Misguided,' 'Sinko,' 'Mayonaise,' and
> 'Lesbian.') 
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Paige in Alabama
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