The intention of this topic is to explain what the DBRG database is, how it came to be in its present form, how we operate it and what benefits it provides.
It may also be of some interest to anyone interested in domestic architecture who has had experience of setting up such a database or is considering doing so.
In order to keep track of such information the first Database Management Systems were born - for use on the very large computers of that time (Main frames).
After the advent of personal computers (not just PCs) in the 1980s DM Systems for individual use began to be available and by the 1990s the DBRG had started to construct a DMS and a database to cover all its recordings. A second database to cover Brick, Stone & Weatherboard buildings and a third to handle Membership information were added in due course.
The long term benefit is that it facilitates research by making it simple to undertake fast searches for specific classes of information, or any combination of them.