AN EVALUATION OF DATA COLLECTIONS FOR PLASTICS.
FRANKLIN INST PHILADELPHIA PA LABS FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
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Recommendations are made for a data system suitable for the Plastics Technical Evaluation Center on the basis of a study of various aspects of data and existing data systems. PLASTEC needs data to carry out its function as an information center and to answer requests. The data sources available include unpublished information, the report, and open literature in plastics. Data exists in tabular and graphic form and may be critical or unevaluated provisions must be made for handling all aspects of data. Methods for handling data range from manual to machine and information can be filed by material, property or by a random access method. The existing data systems provide examples of the various methods available for handling data. Although some existing systems handle plastics data the coverage is not complete and there still remains a need for a unified data center in plastics. A manual system consisting of data sheets filed by material is recommended for the present. This system can easily be converted for machine storage and retrieval if necessary. Author