Accession Number : AD0615501
Title : DOD USER NEEDS STUDY, PHASE I, VOLUME 1
Descriptive Note : Final technical rept.
Corporate Author : AUERBACH CORP PHILADELPHIA PA
Personal Author(s) : Berul, Lawrence H ; Elling, Michael E ; Karson, Allan ; Shafritz, Arnold B ; Sieber, Harry
Report Date : 14 May 1965
Pagination or Media Count : 186
Abstract : An interview-based survey of the DOD RDT and E population was conducted to determine how DOD scientists and engineers presently acquire and use scientific and technical information. Depth interviews were conducted with 1375 respondents randomly selected from the 36,000 members of the DOD RDT and E population. The critical incident interviewing technique was used to isolate a recently completed task, and to define the characteristics (e.g., depth, volume, class, timeliness, field media) of the information acquired and used in the performance of that task. A semi-structured interview guide and handbook were developed and used to ensure consistency of question interpretation. A data compilation system and computer programs were developed to compile, analyze, compress, and present the data. Approximately 600 one-way, two-way and three-way tables were prepared to aid in the analysis. Volume I consists of three sections entitled: Management Report, Conduct of Study, and Analysis of Data, plus four appendices entitled: Study Execution, Discussion and Results of Survey Questions, Bibliography of User Studies, and Glossary.
Descriptors : *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , *INFORMATION RETRIEVAL , *SCIENTISTS , *ENGINEERS , BIBLIOGRAPHIES , DOCUMENTS , SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH , PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS
Subject Categories : Information Science
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE