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NCJ Number: 66513 Find in a Library
Title: BASIC OBSCIS (OFFENDER-BASED STATE CORRECTIONS INFORMATION SYSTEM) ADMINISTRATOR'S GUIDE
Corporate Author: SEARCH - National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
SEARCH - National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics
Sacramento, CA 95831
Search Group Inc
Sacramento, CA 95831
US Department of Justice
Grant Number: 78-SS-AX-0029
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Search Group Inc
OBSCIS Program
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Sacramento, CA 95831
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: ADMINISTRATIVE AND HARDWARE CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING THE ADOPTION AND USE OF THE OFFENDER-BASED STATE CORRECTIONS INFORMATION SYSTEM (OBSCIS) ARE DISCUSSED.
Abstract: BASIC OBSCIS IS AN OUTGROWTH OF THE OBSCIS PROGRAM WHICH STARTED EXPERIMENTALLY IN THE CORRECTIONS AGENCIES OF 10 STATES. BASIC OBSCIS CONSISTS OF THE COMPUTER PROGRAMS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION NECESSARY FOR A STATE TO INSTALL AND OPERATE A SYSTEM TO RECORD THE ADMISSION, MOVEMENT, AND STATUS OF INDIVIDUALS WHILE THEY ARE UNDER THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CORRECTIONS AGENCY. BASIC OBSCIS ALSO SUPPORTS STATE PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL REPORTING PROGRAMS. WITHIN THE PACKAGE (AVAILABLE TO STATES WITHOUT CHARGE) ARE COMPUTER PROGRAMS WRITTEN IN ANS COBOL (NOT TO EXCEED LEVEL 2 OF THE ANSI-74 STANDARD) TO CARRY OUT DATA INPUT AND EDITING, FILE MAINTENANCE, AND REPORT GENERATION FUNCTIONS. THE SYSTEM CAN PRODUCE 38 SEPARATE REPORTS. BECAUSE BASIC OBSCIS WAS TESTED IN A LIVE CORRECTIONS ENVIRONMENT IN IOWA, RISKS OF DEVELOPMENT AND COSTS OF DESIGN ARE REDUCED FOR OTHER STATES WISHING TO INITITATE A COMPUTER APPLICATION. THE SEARCH GROUP (WHICH DESIGNED THE COMPUTER) WITH FUNDING FROM LEAA, WILL ASSIST STATES WISHING TO INSTALL BASIC OBSCIS WITH PRE-INSTALLATION PLANNING, TRAINING FOR BOTH ADMINISTRATIVE AND OPERATIONAL PERSONNEL, SOFTWARE INSTALLATION AND VALIDATION, AND CONTINUING TECHNICAL CONSULTATION. BASIC OBSCIS HAS MODULE SEGMENTATION BASED ON BOTHUSER APPLICATIONS AND PROGRAM FUNCTIONS. THE DATA BASE INCLUDES EXPANDABLE CODE STRUCTURES AT THE DATA ELEMENT LEVEL, SPACE WITHIN FILES FOR ADDITION OF DATA ELEMENTS, AND POINTERS WHICH AID IN EXPANDING TO ADDITIONAL FILES. TOP-DOWN STRUCTURED PROGRAMMING AND HIERARCHICAL-INPUT-PROCESS-OUTPUT (HIPO) DOCUMENTATION TECHNIQUES ARE USED. EACH PROGRAM CAN BE COMPILED AND RUN INDEPENDENTLY OF ANY OTHER PROGRAM OR EXTERNAL SUB-ROUTINE. MEMORY REQUIREMENTS NEED NO MORE THAN 32K BYTES. RECORD SIZES ARE FIXED; SEQUENTIAL FILE ORGANIZATION AND PROCESSING ARE USED WHERE APPROPRIATE; AND RELATIVE OR DIRECT FILE ACCESS CAN BE USED ACCORDING TO NEED. NO PROPRIETARY SOFTWARE IS USED, AND PROGRAMS ARE WRITTEN FOR BATCH OPERATION. THIS BOOKLET ALSO PROVIDES LISTS OF AVAILABLE REPORTS ON BASIC OBSCIS, OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FOR THE SYSTEM, AND OF BASIC OBSCIS HARDWARE CONSIDERATION (FACILITIES, DISK STORAGE CAPACITY, INPUT-OUTPUT MACHINES, ETC.). SEE NCJ 66514-15.
Index Term(s): Automation; Computer aided operations; Computer generated reports; Computer hardware systems; Computer languages; Computer software; Computerized criminal histories; Correctional information systems; Correctional Records Information System; Corrections management
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