TOWARDS A UNIFORM FEDERAL REPORT NUMBERING SYSTEM AND A CUDDLY MICROFICHE READER, TWO MODEST PROPOSALS
AIR FORCE OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHARLINGTON VA DIRECTORATE OF INFORMATION SCIENCES
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The paper cites a 20 year old report on the bibliographic control of government reports and questions if any of the problems then posed have in fact been solved. Solutions are proposed to two of these, a uniform Federal report numbering system, and the design of a personal microfiche reader. The report numbering system suggests the use of CODEN for performing and sponsoring agencies these CODEN to be integral and permanent part of the report number. Also proposed is a system of prime numbering to identify specific reports--a solution almost too brilliant to be taken seriously. It is shown how the design of microfiche readers has been hampered by two factors the absence of a means for precisely moving the film in controlled increments, and the arrangement of images of the fiche. The paper proposes standard sprocket holes on the fiche and a boustrophedon arrangement of the images. The report culminates with the design of a microfiche reader which would be personal, portable, and cuddly.
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