Accession Number : ADA187028

Title :   Boston Community Information System 1986 Experimental Test Results.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE LAB FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Gifford, David K ; Heitmann, Dawn ; Segal, David A ; Cote, Robert G ; Tanacea, Kendra

PDF Url : ADA187028

Report Date : Aug 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 186

Abstract : This report describes the first year of an experimental test of the Boston Community Information System (Boston COMMINS). The experiment implements new ideas of data communication and database design in the transmission and reception of data. The system offers the Associated Press and New York Times to participants and is provided in exchange for their monthly feedback. During the first year of the experiment, over 200 homes and businesses in the Boston area used and evaluated our system. This report contains all the data we have compiled and analyzed, in addition to a full discussion of several hypotheses and data goals. Among the conclusions drawn, we found the Boston Community Information System provides a useful complement to existing media forms and has proved valuable to the many users in the test population. Keywords: Electronic newspapers; Distributed information systems.

Descriptors :   *INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *ELECTRONIC MAIL, *SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, *COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS, *USER NEEDS, COMMUNITIES, DATA BASES, DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS, DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING, EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, HYPOTHESES, NEWSPAPERS, TEST AND EVALUATION, EXPERIMENTAL DATA, COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, QUESTIONNAIRES

Subject Categories : Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE