Accession Number : ADA190380

Title :   Boston Community Information System User's Manual (Version 8.17).

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

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

Personal Author(s) : Segal, David A ; Gifford, David K ; Lucassen, John M ; Henderson, James B ; Berlin, Stephen T

PDF Url : ADA190380

Report Date : Oct 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : The Boston Community Information System turns your computer into a personal information assistant that monitors the news as it happens. This experiment, CommInS, tests a new way of distributing world news as it happens and features from the New York Times and the Associate Press wire service directly to personal computers via radio waves. Acting on your instructions, your computer will filter this flow of information, saving the stories that match your list of interests. Thus, you can walk up to the system at any time, and browse through the stories that the system has saved you. Because your personal computer can receive and filter much more information that you could read yourself, it can help you focus and enlarge your awareness of the world. You will probably find that the system consistently finds more articles of interest on certain subjects than you do. Keywords: Programming systems.

Descriptors :   *INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, COMMUNITIES, INFORMATION TRANSFER, MICROCOMPUTERS, MONITORS, NEWSPAPERS, DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS, RADIO BROADCASTING, TEXT PROCESSING, HANDBOOKS

Subject Categories : Information Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE