National and International Networks of Libraries, Documentation and Information Centres.
ADVISORY GROUP FOR AEROSPACE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PARIS (FRANCE)
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National and international library documentation and information systems are under consideration or in a developmental stage in a lot of NATO countries. Professional literature on this topic of library systems and networking is growing very fast. Universities, governmental authorities and international organisations are implementing collaboration by national and international, sectorial and multidisciplinary networking of data-banks. These complex problems of planning library and information systems, on all levels and in so many countries, require from the decision makers a real package of conceptual skills. Furthermore, they demand above all, a thorough technical and methodological knowledge of interlinking large databanks or terminals different in structure and of interconnecting the numerous computer units of the documentation centers. Special difficulties arise in the treatment of non-numerical data within these networks. Also network development and communication capabilities of data transmission and questions of structure and compatibilities between interlinked systems require detailed consideration. Particular attention must be given to the requirements of the user. This symposium emphasized the interrogation and retrieval methodology monodisciplinary as well as multidisciplinary in function of user requirements, the hardware and software problems of multinational networking for libraries and documentation centers and future trends in this field.
- Information Science