ERIC Number: ED206312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
CHANNEL 2000. Description and Findings of a Viewdata Test.
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., Dublin, OH.
A controlled user test of an experimental viewdata system, Channel 2000, was conducted by OCLC in Columbus, Ohio, to investigate technical, business, market, library, and social issues involved in electronic delivery of information using videotex technology. The three part report includes a review of various facets of new consumer electronic information services, details of the Channel 2000 project, and the findings and conclusions derived from this study of a system that transmits textual and graphic data from a host computer to modified television receivers in the user's households via commercial telephone or cable transmission facilities. Test planning and selection methods, training of users, descriptions of services and specialized features offered, and the equipment (including television adapters, computers, and software) are presented in detail, as are the research procedures concerned with sampling, data collection, and evaluation. Conclusions about viewdata are concerned with its form for the future, its socioeconomic influence, and its impact on libraries. (RAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., Dublin, OH.