Raine, J.I. 1992 "FRED", Fossil Record Electronic Database using BASIS. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences science report 92/10. 107 p.
Abstract: This user manual contains detailed specification of fields and document types for a text-oriented electronic data retrieval system for the New Zealand Fossil Record File, using the proprietary software BASIS (Information Dimensions Inc.). The formal data definition language (DDL) for the FRED database is included. The manual includes an introduction to online use of the BASIS central system for data retrieval, and operation of FREDIT, the data entry program which uses FMS forms management software on a Digital Equipment Co. VAX/VMS computer system. Operation of the data-validation thesaurus, and independent data-formatting and plotting programs are briefly described, and approved codes and names for fossil groups, New Zealand stages, laboratory registers, etc. listed.