NASA Spinoff Database: Whale Identification

NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Public Release Year: 1991
Reference Number: JSC-SO-180
Category: Environment And Resource Management
Origin: Based Upon Program Originally By Boeing for Johnson Space Center (rim)

R:BASE for DOS, a computer program developed under NASA contract, has been adapted by the National Marine Mammal Laboratory and the College of the Atlantic to provide and advanced computerized photo matching technique for identification of humpback whales. The program compares photos with stored digitized descriptions, enabling researchers to track and determine distribution and migration patterns. R:BASE is a spinoff of RIM (Relational Information Manager), which was used to store data for analyzing heat shielding tiles on the Space Shuttle Orbiter. It is now the world's second largest selling line of microcomputer database management software.

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Page Number in Published book: 93
Manufacturer: MICRORIM, INC.

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