ERIC Number: ED107290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Optimum Degree of User Participation in SDI Profile Generation.
A study was conducted of the International Information Service in Physics, Electrotechnology, Computers, and Control (INSPEC) selective dissemination of information (SDI) user profile generation. Five degrees of user involvement in the generation of profiles were investigated ranging from having the user provide only a statement of subject interests to making the user completely responsible for the profile compilation and modification. It was found that the more deeply involved the user was in the profile development process, the better the performance of INSPEC for the recipient. Moreover, the profiles developed by individual users tended to be longer, contained more complex logic, and were modified more often than in cases where the user only stated subject interests. It was concluded that users of the INSPEC system should be encouraged to participate directly in the compilation of their profiles and that INSPEC should support training courses toward that end. (Author/DGC)
Descriptors: Databases, Evaluation, Indexing, Information Needs, Information Retrieval, Information Systems, Information Utilization, Library Services, Participation, Reference Services, Relevance (Information Retrieval), Selective Dissemination of Information, Thesauri, Use Studies
INSPEC Reports, The Institution of Electrical Engineers, Savoy Place, London WC2, England ($2.50)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institution of Electrical Engineers, London (England).