Accession Number : ADA267601


Title :   NASA/DoD Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Research Project. Report Number 13. Source Selection and Information Use by U.S. Aerospace Engineers and Scientists: Results of a Telephone Survey


Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,


Corporate Author : NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION HAMPTON VA LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER


Personal Author(s) : Pinelli, Thomas E ; Glassman, Nanci A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a267601.pdf


Report Date : Sep 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 27


Abstract : A telephone survey of U.S. aerospace engineers and scientists belonging to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) was conducted between December 4, 1991 and January 5, 1992. The survey was undertaken to (1) validate the telephone survey as an appropriate technique for collecting data from U.S. aerospace engineers and scientists; (2) collect information about how the results of NASA/DoD aerospace research are used in the R.& D process; (3) identify those selection criteria which affect the use of federally-funded aerospace R&D; and (4) obtain information that could be used to develop a self- administered mail questionnaire for use with the same population. The average rating of importance of U.S. government technical reports was 2.5 (on a 4-point scale); The mean/median number of times U.S. government technical reports were used per 6 months was 8/2. Factors scoring highest for U.S. government technical reports were technical accuracy (2.9), reliable data and technical information (2.8), and contains comprehensive data and information (2.7) on a 4-point system. The factors scoring highest for influencing the use of U.S. government technical reports were relevance (3.1), technical accuracy (3.06), and reliable data/information (3.02). Ease of use, familiarity, technical accuracy, and relevance correlated with use of U.S. government technical reports. Survey demographics, survey questionnaire, and the NASA/DoD Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Research Project publications list are included. Knowledge diffusion, STI production and use, NASA STI, User study.


Descriptors :   *INFORMATION TRANSFER , *TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER , *ENGINEERS , DEMOGRAPHY , RATINGS , MEAN , QUESTIONNAIRES , SCIENTISTS , AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS , SCORING , NUMBERS , DIFFUSION , ACCURACY , POPULATION , SURVEYS


Subject Categories : Information Science
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE