A History of Online Information Services, 1963-1976

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MIT Press, Aug 1, 2003 - Computers - 496 pages
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A detailed chronology of the early, pre-Internet years of online information systems and services.

Every field of history has a basic need for a detailed chronology of what happened: who did what when. In the absence of such a resource, fanciful accounts flourish. This book provides a rich narrative of the early development of online information retrieval systems and services, from 1963 to 1976—a period important to anyone who uses a search engine, online catalog, or large database. Drawing on personal experience, extensive research, and interviews with many of the key participants, the book describes the individuals, projects, and institutions of the period. It also corrects many common errors and misconceptions and provides milestones for many of the significant developments in online systems and technology.


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Early Research and Development Activities
Further Experimentation and Prototypes in Universities Mid1960s to Early 1970s
Experimental Systems Developed in Nonacademic Laboratories Mid1960s to Early 1970s
Lockheed DIALOG and Related Systems 19611972
SDC ORBIT and Related Systems 19631972
Computer Searching for the Legal Profession Data Corporation OBAR Mead Data Central 19641972
The Online Industry The Public View
Building the Online Industry Behind the Scenes
Summing Up the Story
Summary of Online Milestones

State University of New York Biomedical Communication Network 19651976

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Page 453 - Department membership on the Committee on Scientific and Technical Information of the Federal Council for Science and Technology, the Public Health Service since June 1962, has made its contribution to the Council's effort to "promote coordination and improve planning and management of Federal programs in science and technology.
Page 441 - Retrieval of Bibliographic Entries from a Name-Title Catalog by Use of Truncated Search Keys," American Society for Information Science, Proceedings 7:79-82 (1970) . Frederick G.
Page 439 - The development of a semantic differential to assess users' attitudes towards an on-line interactive reference retrieval system.
Page 441 - Title-Only Entries Retrieved by Use of Truncated Search Keys," Journal of Library Automation 4:207-10 (Dec.
Page 437 - Use of Flexowriters to Prepare Large Amounts of Alphabetic Legal Data for Computer Retrieval", in HP Luhn [ed].

About the author (2003)

Charles P. Bourne, a pioneer in information retrieval services, was formerly Director of the Institute of Library Research at the University of California and Vice President of DIALOG Information Services.

Trudi Bellardo Hahn is Manager of Library User Education Services and Adjunct Professor at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland.

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