ERIC Number: ED179191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Aug-6
Reference Count: N/A
Better Information Management Policies Needed: A Study of Scientific and Technical Bibliographic Services.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
This report discusses the management of scientific and technical bibliographic data bases by the Federal Government, the existence of overlapping and duplicative bibliographic information services, the application of cost recovery principles to bibliographic information services, and the need to manage information as a resource. Questionnaires were sent to 38 information centers in the Departments of Defense; Commerce; Energy; Health, Education and Welfare; and NASA. Data analyzed in this report are based on responses received from 415 of the 650 users of these information centers who were sent the questionnaire querying their information requirements, the level of satisfaction with center services, and value to them of the information acquired. It is recommended that the Director of the Office of Management and Budget establish policies on cost recovery and require agencies to implement those policies; require agency heads to certify that funds requested to develop or operate bibliographic data bases will not be used to duplicate services available elsewhere; direct each agency to designate a senior official responsible for information management; and establish an interagency coordinating committee for information management. (Author/RAO)
Descriptors: Citations (References), Costs, Databases, Federal Government, Information Needs, Information Retrieval, Management Information Systems, User Satisfaction (Information)
U.S. General Accounting Office, Distribution Section, Room 1518, 441 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20548 (single copies--no charge); U.S. General Accounting Office, Distribution Section, P.O. Box 1020, Washington, DC 20013 (multiple copies, $1.00 each)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.