ERIC Number: ED064961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
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EIN History and Findings. Final Report, Volume I of II Volumes.
LeGates, John C.; Zafft, Wayne
Volume one of the two-volume report on the operation of the Educational Information Network (EIN) gives the background, development, and results of the EIN project from its inception in July 1968 to December 1971. EIN attempted to promote the sharing of computing resources at colleges, universities, and educational service institutions across the nation by publishing descriptions of programs available at each member institution along with the name of an EIN representative at the institution in the EIN Software Catalog. The hoped-for result was that casual users would have their programs run at whatever computing facility had the appropriate program available rather than write their own. It was found that the volume of use never reached the desired level. Some of the reasons put forward for this failure were: the use of mail to transfer information and programs among members resulted in slow turn-around time; many members wanted to acquire programs for comparative or teaching purposes rather than to submit a job; it was difficult for the distant user to interact effectively with the computing facility. Chief among the suggestions offered to remediate these and other problems with the Network was the use of a cheap, high-speed electronic access system. (JY)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Interuniversity Communications Council (EDUCOM), Princeton, NJ.