data entry program


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data entry program

[′dad·ə ¦en·trē ‚prō·grəm]
(computer science)
An application program that receives data from a keyboard or other input device and stores it in a computer system. Also known as input program.

data entry program

An application program that accepts data from the keyboard or other input device and stores it in the computer. Because it establishes the data in the database, the data entry function should test for valid, known data such as city and state names, ranges of account numbers, etc. Data entry is part of many of today's interactive applications; however, in the past it was often a stand-alone program. See validity checking, table lookup, check digit and intelligent database.
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Whereas data entry programs are designed to check data before being entered, you can utilize several techniques after data entry to detect errors if you do not have a data entry program.
Some of our contributing libraries use a data entry program called INPUT, also from Library Corporation, to create a file called EARCH.
Programs such as the CAP electronic Cancer Checklists, (5) which are formatted data entry programs, can reduce these errors by automatically calculating elements, such as tumor stage, based on the data previously entered.