Directory of Federally Supported Information Analysis Centers, 1979. Fourth Edition.
NATIONAL REFERRAL CENTER WASHINGTON DC
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This is the fourth edition of a directory first published in 1968 by the Committee on Scientific and Technical Information COSATI of the Federal Council for Science and Technology. The initial impetus for the directory came from COSATI Panel 6 on Information Analysis and Data Centers, whose members felt a directory would not only be useful but would also serve to further the concept of information analysis centers that had been a keystone among the recommendations of the seminal Weinberg report. That concept, briefly stated, is that the information explosion can be dealt with more efficiently by having information sifted, weighed, analyzed, and synthesized by centers with the subject competence to do so than by merely collecting, cataloging, abstracting, uncritically disseminating documents. The second edition, published in January 1970 by COSATI, was compiled by the National Referral Center NRC at the request of COSATI Panel 6, whose members played an active role in deciding which centers to list. The third edition was published in 1974 by the Library of Congress, COSATI having been abolished. That edition was again compiled by the NRC, this time in consultation with an interagency ad hoc group on information analysis centers made up of former Panel 6 members. The present edition, which was compiled without formal consultation, consists mainly of updated versions of entries that appeared in prior editions in accordance with NRCs practice, each entry was submitted to the center described therein for review.
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