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Datalink Article - 'A Licence to Process' - Computing at the DVLC, c. 1978

This article explores computing at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre (DVLC, known in 2016 as the DVLA) and more specifically the project to get details of every car in Britain onto the DVLC's system.  It dates from 1978 and was published in the computing newspaper Datalink.  The article gives an excellent idea of the standard operation of a mainframe computer of the era.

The article reveals that author found the DVLC's computer vastly out of date.  The driving licence file took up 106 reels of tape, and the vehicle file 134 reels.

Date : 6th March 1978

Creator : Datalink

Format : JPG

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH42542. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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