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Scientific and technological information services in Australia I. History and development

Middleton, Michael R. (2006) Scientific and technological information services in Australia I. History and development. Australian Academic and Research Libraries, 37(2), pp. 111-135.

Abstract

An investigation of the development of Australian scientific and technological information (STI) services has been undertaken. It comprises a consideration of the characteristics and development of the services, which is the focus of this part of the paper, along with a broader examination of discipline formation in information management covered in Part II. This first part of the study provides a historical overview of the development of several of the services that were established in the 1970s. Specific reference is made to Australian Agriculture and Natural Resources Online (AANRO), the Australian Medical Index (AMI), Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Information (ANSTI), Australian Transport Index (ATRI), AusGeoref and its forerunner AESIS, and the Australian engineering database (ENGINE).

The account includes a summary of the policy environment that influenced the development of databases that supported the original STI services. Some observations are made about STI publishing output from Australia, the way it is reported, and how appropriate reporting and documentation of that output might continue.

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ID Code: 4722
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Information services, Information management, Scientific information, Bibliographic databases, History, Public policy, Australia, Australian Agriculture and Natural Resources Online (AANRO), Australian Medical Index (AMI), Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Information (ANSTI), Australian Transport Index (ATRI), AusGeoref, AESIS, ENGINE
ISSN: 0004-8623
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Information Retrieval and Web Search (080704)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified (160599)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > OTHER LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (209900)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 ALIA
Copyright Statement: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see link).
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:22

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