Accession Number : ADA290950

Title :   A Comparison of the Technical Communications Practices of Japanese and U.S. Aerospace Engineers and Scientists. NASA/DoD Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Research Project.

Descriptive Note : Technical memo. rept. no. 29,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION HAMPTON VA LANGLEY RESEARCH CEN TER

Personal Author(s) : Pinelli, Thomas E. ; Barclay, Rebecca O. ; Kennedy, John M.

PDF Url : ADA290950

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : As part of Phase 4 of the NASA/DoD Aerospace Knowledge Difffusion Research Project, two studies were conducted that investigated the technical communications practices of Japanese and U.S. aerospace engineers and scientists. Both studies have the same seven objectives: first, to solicit the opinions of aerospace engineers and scientists regarding the importance of technical communications to their profession; second, to determine the use and production of technical communications by aerospace engineers and scientists; third, to seek their views about the appropriate content of an undergraduate course in technical communications; fourth, to determine aerospace engineers' and scientists' use of libraries, technical information centers, and on-line data bases; fifth, to determine the use and importance of computer and information technology to them; sixth, to determine their use of electronic networks; and seventh, to determine their use of foreign and domestically produced technical reports. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to aerospace engineers and scientists in Japan and at the NASA Ames Research Center and the NASA Langley Research Center. The completion rates for the Japanese and U.S. surveys were 85 and 61 percent, respectively. Responses of the Japanese and U.S. participants to selected questions are presented in this report.

Descriptors :   *AEROSPACE SYSTEMS, *COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, *SCIENTISTS, DATA BASES, UNITED STATES, PRODUCTION, NETWORKS, DISTRIBUTION, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, RESEARCH FACILITIES, JAPAN, RESPONSE, ENGINEERS, ONLINE SYSTEMS, LIBRARIES, TECHNICAL INFORMATION CENTERS.

Subject Categories : Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE