ERIC Number: ED024571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Information Retrieval in Physics.
Discussed in this paper are the information problems in physics and the current program of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) being conducted in an attempt to develop an information retrieval system. The seriousness of the need is described by means of graphs indicating the exponential rise in the number of physics publications in the last few years. The AIP program in the past has been one of studying documents, but now need dictates an expanded program going beyond document analysis and moving toward information retrieval. The present undertaking has as its immediate goal a pilot model of a physics information system, the heart of which is an information store. The AIP system development plan has five stages: (1) classification scheme, (2) computer retrieval capability, (3) computer composition and input for store, (4) user need studies, and (5) information network studies. These studies are expected to yield the means by which journals and abstract journal indexes can be efficiently produced and a system of information stored. This paper explains the classification scheme that is under study and illustrates its use with two sample documents. Various ways in which the output of the system might be used are also discussed. (DH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Inst. of Physics, New York, NY.
Identifiers: American Physical Society; National Science Foundation