ERIC Number: ED055627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
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Survey of the World Agricultural Documentation Services, Draft; Prepared on Behalf of the FAO Panel of Experts on "AGRIS" (International Information System for the Agricultural Sciences and Technology).
The purpose of the survey was: (1) to evaluate existing agricultural information services and (2) to propose possible frameworks for an improved world-wide agricultural information service. The principal statistical results of the survey are summarized in the following figures which are based on data collected in nearly all instances for the year 1969. A total of 514 secondary agricultural documentation services with a total output of 1.5 million references were analyzed. Of these: 150 issue titles only; 378 issue titles plus abstracts; 237 have subject indexes; 248 have author indexes; 450 produce serially published output; 31 services are mechanized, with machine-readable tape available from 18 services; and 66 services offer a retrieval service. The 10 largest title services issue a total of 360,000 titles per year. The 10 largest abstract services issue a total of 227,000 abstracts. There are 100 card services issuing a total of 348,000 references per year. The services analyzed are published in 50 countries in 22 languages. Appendices 5-17 (a main list displaying condensed, standardized information on each documentation service, and indexes by publishing country, subject, references added per year, etc.) are in microfiche form and are contained in a pocket on the back cover of the original document. Technical considerations preclude making these appendices available from EDRS. (Author/NH)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Automation, Data Processing, Documentation, Evaluation, Information Services, International Programs, Surveys
Centre for Information and Documentation, European Communities, 29, rue Aldringer, Luxembourg, G.D., Belgium (EUR 4680 e $1.65)
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Sponsor: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome (Italy).
Authoring Institution: Centre for Information and Documentation of the European Communities (CID), Luxembourg.