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PROJECT SHARP (SHIPS ANALYSIS AND RETRIEVAL PROJECT). INFORMATION STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM: COMPUTER ASPECTS AND PROGRAMS
BUREAU OF SHIPS WASHINGTON DC
SHARP is a computer oriented information storage and retrieval system developed to resolve some of the problems inherent in the handling, storage and retrieval of scientific and technical literature at the Bureau of Ships Technical Library. The computer is being used to automate to a high degree, 1 bibliographic searches 2 subject matter searches 3 coordinated searches combinations of both 4 issuance of library catalog cards and accessions bulletins 5 control of periodicals and journals 6 other aspects under development, such as, complete automatic generic computer searching, automatic posting of descriptive terms by the computer in the indexing procedure, and user interest registers. The system is intended to improve the librarys capacity to better serve the user and to function as a management and logistics tool for the library. Details of the computer aspects of the indexing scheme, search strategy, thesaurus, computer programs, present research work are reported. Modifications to the system and future plans are indicated.
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