ERIC Number: ED046443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Non-Conventional File Structure Data Collecting Projects in the Smithsonian Institution: A Survey, Winter 1968 - Spring 1969.
Bull, Caroline Arden; Shank, Russell
The purpose of this survey is to identify and describe existing and contemplated projects in the Smithsonian Institution which make use of non-conventional means to store and retrieve information. These techniques range from electronic machine processed to a simple visual, color-coded system or a key-sort device. The 49 projects investigated were those which pertained to activities other than routine administrative housekeeping functions. A particular effort was made to identify projects which were national or international in scope or went beyond the purely curatorial aspects of collection inventory and control. Emphasis was given to recent innovative or experimental projects. All information was gathered by personal interviews and on-site investigations. The projects investigated are listed and classified by museum or installation. A narrative description of each project is included in the Appendix. This is purely a survey; no hypotheses were formulated or tested. However, this report does attempt to pose some possible correlations and identify relationships which might be investigated and tested further. In assessing the requirements for making their systems viable, most felt the need for manpower with subject knowledge more than the need for electronic muscle. Other findings of the survey are summarized. (Author/NH)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Libraries.