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In the first quarter of the eighteenth century, probably as much tonnage passed on river vessels through Gloucester as on all long-distance road services from London put together; and the voyages were regular and diverse in their cargoes. The growth in trade can be indicated: voyage numbers grew at least 50 per cent between 1666 and 1722 and the quantities of goods grew even more. Quantification of recorded trade in particular commodities has helped to refine knowledge of the regional economy in ways which would have been prohibitively difficult by manual methods.

Initially it was planned to construct an index to the textbase, This single table would act as an independent database, containing information extracted from the full texts. The material transcribed into the Register being of the utmost variety, it was felt that no single format would encompass all the items included; the only way to index such heterogeneous information was to fragment the text into discrete details and index them separately. While providing an immensely flexible and sensitive research tool, this system of indexing would have been enormously timeconsuming to set up manually, involving as it does the review of every single record, and entry into the index of every single relevant detail.

In the relational model, all data are organised into simple two-way tables made up of rows and 32 Databases in Historical Research columns. These tables, which are also known as relations, are manipulated by the DBMS in storing and accessing data, and all the operations that can be performed on them can be mathematically defined. Many people who have difficulties conceptualising complex hierarchies or multi-dimensional arrays are used to organising data into two-dimensional tables. Additionally, users are able to retrieve data from many tables at one time to answer a particular query or meet the data requirements of a particular application.

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