ERIC Number: ED230198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Computerized Information Retrieval System for the Technical Assistance Center Clearinghouse: A Feasibility Study.
Buckley, Joseph J.
This report first analyzes the need for a Technical Assistance Center (TAC) Clearinghouse, which would provide a range of services including question answering for state and local education agencies, workshop preparation assistance, and literature surveys. Addressing the question of feasibility of a computerized information retrieval system for the TAC, the second section discusses the capabilities and use of such a system, lists costs, examines the available options, and concludes that an information retrieval system would be both appropriate and cost effective. Software packages are discussed in terms of five evaluation criteria: simplicity, flexibility, comprehensiveness, efficiency, and cost. A comparison based on these criteria is made of a software package available in-house (Lockheed's DIALOG Private File Service) and the Stanford Public Information Retrieval System (SPIRES), a locally-available, commercial product. Additional criteria for use in evaluating the overall effectiveness of an information retrieval system are listed. Conclusions are presented which support the establishment of a TAC clearinghouse and the use of SPIRES is recommended. Seven references are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Santa Barbara.
Identifiers: Database Management Systems; DIALOG; Stanford Public Information Retrieval System; Technical Assistance Centers