Office Activity Logging System (OALS) was originally
developed using dBASE IV in 1993 and has since been
modified to run first under Paradox 1.0, then Paradox
4.5, then Paradox 5.0, and now under either Paradox
7.0 or 8.0 or 9.0. The system was designed by Jason
Duke of the Cookeville, Tennessee, Field Office and
has been modified in an attempt to suit the reporting
needs of many offices. The goal of this system is to
make the task of reporting simpler for all offices.
Why is there only one table?
Because national upkeep of multiple table systems requires
a staff of more than one person. The flat table structure
of OALS works well.
When the system was first developed in 1993, Paradox
was more advanced than Access. The Paradox version runs
well now and an Access port would not be advantageous
without any new functionality that Paradox cannot already
Why use codes?
Nationwide systems encompass work in a wide variety
of ecosystems with thousands of different agencies,
species, staff members, and types of work. Codes are
needed to maintain standards, backward-compatibility,
and allow other offices, your Regional Office, or the
Washington Office to query your system.
Do I have to use GIS to use this?
No, you do not have to be a GIS-capable office to operate
What will this cost me?
Both OALS and Paradox Runtime are free. You may elect
to scan images into the system and if so, will need
to purchase a scanner. Your time is your only real expense.