Automated Filing System for the PDB Master Archive

A computer driven filing system for the PDB Master Archive has been installed at NIST. The filing system is comprised of two carousel-type automated systems. The carousel systems are 10 feet high and each have 18 carriers, one with eight and the other with nine drawers per carrier for a combined storage capacity of over 4500 linear filing feet. The physical systems balance ease of operation and improved access to files with complete security for the contents.

As the files are transferred to the new filing system they will be bar coded for future access. The PDB files contain author correspondence in addition to a hard copy of the deposited data. While the data may be needed for historical reference or for checking the current files, the privacy of the author's correspondence will be maintained.