Accession Number : ADA135915

Title :   The 'TIS' Intelligent Gateway Computer: An Alternative to the 'Doomsday Scenario',


Personal Author(s) : Hunt,R K ; Fisher,H L ; Hampel,V E ; Kawin,R A ; Lann,N A

PDF Url : ADA135915

Report Date : 01 Feb 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : We describe our work experience in the Technical Information Department (TID) with the Technology Information System (TIS) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). We find that physicists, chemists, biologists, and engineers in our highly computer-oriented work environment show interest in conducting their own searches occasionally, but prefer the information specialist to provide the routine and complex searches required for their programmatic, interdisciplinary work. Requests for information now include also factual data and oblige us to retrieve them from several different sources, some of which are overseas. To respond in a timely manner, we have started to use the Intelligence Gateway Computer (IGC) facilities of TIS. They permit automated access of major information centers worldwide, downloading, and postprocessing of retrieved results, where permissable. Postprocessing includes text analysis, graphical display of statistical interpretations, and online concording of bibliographic citations from the Department of Energy Technical Information Center (DOE/RECON). We also have started to use electronic mail to communicate our results to the end user and to discuss new searches during execution with the requestor via TIS by audiovisual means. This permits the creation of topical, subject-oriented datafiles, their online review for relevancy, annotation with numeric data and commentary, and the direct production of computer-generated master copy of cross-correlated indexes for printing.

Descriptors :   *Information systems, *Computer communications, *Communications networks, Technology forecasting, Technical information centers, Network analysis(Management), Interactions, Access, Information retrieval, Computer files, Global communications, Data management

Subject Categories : Information Science

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