that utilize Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
accumulate, archive and distribute substantial amounts
of printed matter to many segments of the marketplace.
Storing, editing and distributing this data presents
a monumental task.
such company, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Geographic
Information Services in Norris, TN, recently embarked
on a project to replace 8mm magnetic tape as their
current method of storage and distribution. Such a
replacement had to address a number of other media
shortcomings such as, access to data, difficulty in
cataloguing images, slow search and retrieval, and
technology became the best solution. Using CD-Recordable
discs solve the issue of media standardization. Creating
ISO 9660-compliant discs ensures that they can be
read by any standard CD-ROM reader connected to virtually
any computer platform.
uses Young Minds’ CD Studio CD-Recordable solution
to deliver GIS data bases to its Natural Resources
customers. TVA also uses CD-Recording technology for
distribution of land management and usage information,
mapping and reservoir data. Most of its clients need
a way to store their data in such a way that it can
be quickly accessed and analyzed.
Studio is a scalable and reliable CD-R system available
for 26 varieties of UNIX and Windows NT. CD Studio
is a networkable "plug-and-play" system
allowing users to produce CDs that include multiple
binaries; hybrid discs that support various file system
formats such as ISO 9660, Rock Ridge and Joliet; custom
discs and bootable discs.
to Bill Keeler, Computer Graphics Technician at TVA-GIS,
"The recording process is simple and easy to
learn. Once the GIS data base is complete, it is easy
to premaster the data and then cut the CD using Young
Minds’ CD Studio. Our customer satisfaction is in
turn much higher."
was established by the U.S. Congress in 1933 primarily
to provide flood control, navigation, and electric
power in the Tennessee Valley region. Today TVA is
working to become a world leader in providing energy
and related services - independently and in alliances
with others - for society’s global needs. TVA power
travels across 17,000 miles of transmission lines,
carrying electricity to 7.3 million consumers in parts
of seven Southeastern states.