I frequently see suggestions that someone should build a database of UFO reports.
Well, this has been done - several times.
The biggest effort is probably UFOCAT, sold by CUFOS (which I'll discuss more some other time).
Probably the second biggest effort was the *U* database compiled by ufologist Larry Hatch over a period of about 20 years.
Sadly, Larry Hatch had serious health problems a few years ago and dropped out of contact with those in the UFO field. His website has disappeared,
save for via the Wayback Machine's Internet Archive:
As stated on that webpage:
"As of June 2006, *U* holds 18,552 carefully filtered UFO events, distilled from hundreds of books, major journals, catalogs, correspondence and
other sources. Scope is world-wide, for all dates from antiquity to the present."
The database "now a large stand-alone DOS application, written in C-language for PC, with supporting files. *U* is unique. The only part
'off-the-shelf' was the Borland C-language compiler"
I had Larry Hatch's database working on one of my computers a few years ago (which I bought on a floppy disc - an item that older members of ATS may
remember...), but since it was written to work under Microsoft DOS it has not worked on any of the versions of Windows released in several years.
While quite a few of the leading UFO researchers have written positive comments about the *U* database over the last couple of decades, I have not
heard about anyone managing to get it working, or extracted the data from it, in Windows Vista etc.
I'm spending a bit of time trying to get it to work under one of the DOS emulators currently available (e.g. DOSBox)
I have raised the topic on the forum of one of the DOSBox emulation software, in a thread at the link below:
I don't expect the experts on the DOSBox forum will give this a high priority - at the moment I'm the person that has indicated to them that I have
an interest in getting that database working again.
It seems a considerable shame that someone dedicated countless hours to compiling a database of UFO records yet we are now not able to easily access
If anyone on ATS has any thoughts on what can be done, I'd love to hear about it here on ATS or in that forum.
All the best,
Edit - In case it helps anyone that wants to look into these issues, I've found a downloadable copy of a demo of the database (with only some of the
relevant data and some of its functions) in the Wayback Machine's archive of Larry's website at the webage below :
[edit on 21-6-2010 by IsaacKoi]