ERIC Number: ED247952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-23
Reference Count: 0
Databases in the United Kingdom.
This overview of the status of online databases in the United Kingdom describes online users' attitudes and practices in light of two surveys conducted in the past two years. The Online Information Centre at ASLIB sampled 325 users, and Chadwyck-Healey, Ltd., conducted a face-to-face survey of librarians in a broad cross-section of 76 libraries. It was found that each of an estimated 1,000-1,500 users of online databases in the United Kingdom performs less than 150 searches per year, and their primary areas of interest are engineering/science, multidisciplinary, social sciences, agriculture, and biomedical sciences. Databases produced in the United Kingdom across a wide spectrum of subject areas are discussed, including POLIS (an index of Parliamentary information compiled by the staff of the House of Commons); HANSARD (a full-text database of a daily verbatim record, published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, of what is said in debates in the House of Commons); DHSS Data (covers health services, social welfare, and social issues); and World Reporter (a news and current affairs information service). BLAISE, the British Library's online service that supplies the machine-readable files for catalogers throughout the United Kingdom and abroad, is also discussed. (THC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Machine Readable Data; United Kingdom
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Library Association (Dallas, TX, June 23, 1984).