ERIC Number: ED063519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug-1
Reference Count: 0
An Alternative to QUERY: Batch-Searching of the ERIC Information Collections.
Krahmer, Edward; Horne, Kent
A manual describing the RIC computer search program for retrieval of information from ERIC, CIJE, and other collections is presented. It is pointed out that two versions of this program have been developed. The first is for an IBM 360/370 computer. This version has been operational on a production basis for nearly a year. Four installations of this version have been made by RIC for the State Educational Agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, and Texas. The second version is for mini-computers using the BASIC programming language. This version, still in the developmental stages, is operational only on a Digital Electronics Corporation PDP-12 time-sharing mini-computer. Numerous programming modifications to improve the performance of this version, as well as documentation of this program, are underway. A third version, a combination of the other two versions appears to be economically most attractive. This "hybrid" approach uses a 360/370 computer for performing the logic and the mini-computer for printing. The manual places emphasis on how to utilize the RIC program to perform searches; consideration of some technical aspects is given in the Appendices. The approach taken by RIC, utilization of the ERIC Descriptor Postings, provides one alternative to the computer search program, QUERY. (Author/CK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Resource Information Center, Grand Forks, ND.