Bridging the Information Gap: for Small and Medium by Karl Ganzhorn, Sergio Faustoferri

By Karl Ganzhorn, Sergio Faustoferri

Small and medium businesses (SMEs) in all business nations have an exceptional desire for technical and clinical facts and product and industry info. SMEs additionally produce necessary info of mutual profit for themselves. a formal and fit improvement of SMEs in constructing, in addition to in lots of industrialized international locations in Europe and in different places would require a few help providers, between which the advance of infrastructural details companies is a key aspect. speedy development in info applied sciences has decreased the associated fee and elevated the provision of robust workstations, own pcs and new verbal exchange amenities. This has created new possibilities for utilizing those and different acceptable applied sciences to conceive useful info prone for SMEs. This e-book includes the complaints of a global seminar on distri- buted database structures for SMEs held in Beijing, People's Republic of China, in may well 1989. The seminar was once prepared as a joint venture of the Institute of clinical and Technological details of China (ISTIC), the United countries Centre for technological know-how and know-how for improvement (CSTD) and the fee of the ecu groups (CEC). thoughts conceal operational recommendations, method and applied sciences to be utilized within the a variety of phases of infrastructural evolution. Dr. Ganzhorn is a member of the United countries Advisory Committee on technological know-how and expertise for improvement, a physique composed of 28 personalities of reputation with diversified backgrounds from world wide. he's a former Director of technological know-how and know-how of IBM Europe, an Honorary Professor on the college of Karlsruhe and a former President of the German actual Society. Dr. Faustoferri is a data structures Officer of the United countries business improvement association (UNIDO). on the time of the Beijing seminar, he was once an affiliate professional with the United countries Centre for technology and expertise for improvement (CSTD).

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Now the use of computers often requires that new formats are required either to take advantage of the possibilities opened up by the use of the computer, or to take into account the restrictions in use caused by the screen, the printout or the need for one machine to link with another. The ASTM committee R-49 is devising a series of standards for the reporting of test data which could find their place as addenda to the existing test standards. They are not required in onJer to amend the test procedure but to ensure that all the information and metadata needed for a full and proper evaluation of the data may be available at some future date when those conducting the test are no longer present or their memories of facts not recorded become unreliable.

Engineering differs from science in that a solution however far from ideal has. to be found to a practical problem. So often the best solution has to be found, not necessarily the perfect one. Frequently the solution is needed to meet an immovable deadline. 48 2~tlteNutb Expert systems are based on rules and many software shells exist that enable very useful systems to be set up quite easily, some also have inbuilt connections to draw off and use data sets from particular data-bases. However one important area of information is non-rule based knowledge.

The british Library Lending Division is well known for successfully providing this service. However, this inter-lending service is not implemented yet in our S & T information organization. Our 1984 survey showed that the causes of poor results in searching for documents are: 1) lack of information materials in their organization (32%); 2) lack of search knowledge (26%); 3) impeded information channels and low information sharing (26%); 4) poor foreign language ability (11 %); 5) disorganized materials and poor management (2%), see Fig.

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