ERIC Number: ED037095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
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As We May Think, Information Systems Do Not.
Paisley, William J.
Researchers make little or no use of formal information systems. This is due, not so much to 'information apathy' on their part, as to faults inherent in information services as a whole. A formal information service may not come through at all. It is not capable of reaching behind a request to the real question that motivated it. By not being able to formulate answers in a way necessary to the researcher's logical momentum, the information service slows him down and may bring him to a standstill. All too often, a researcher's colleagues will fulfil these conditions--they tell him exactly what he needs to know to solve a problem, because they can grasp his problem and translate their answers in terms of that problem. The solution proposed is an information specialist who is a link between a research effort and a mechanized information service. He must be part of the research team as a senior member--so that he may know all about the work being done--and he must understand how the research product is to be judged and by whom. It is predicted that this approach will accelerate research work as much as six times, and that this will be the trend in years to come. (GO)
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Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Communication Research.
Note: Speech given before 76th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California, August 1968