Week 11 Assignment

Indicative Abstract

Bush, V. (1996/1945). As we may think. Interactions, 3(2), 35-36. Originally published in Atlantic Monthly, 176(1), 101-108. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/unbound/flashbks/computer/bushf.htm

Emerging technologies and innovation have allowed mankind to exercise greater control over its environment. Improvements in communication have allowed extensive interaction and communication between experts and specialists. The result has been an exponential growth in research that is in danger of being lost if not recorded and made accessible. Innovation has occurred that makes record making a much cheaper and efficient prospect, but obstacles still exist. Future advances in technology will allow for much more intuitive creation of records in different formats. Because many of the aspects of record maintenance are repetitive, automation of these processes is likely. Scientists will not be the only people who will use these new technologies. Wherever logical processes are utilized, such as searching and retrieving in a library, automation technologies will prove useful. In a library, however, retrieving records is made difficult based on the artificiality of systems of indexing. These systems tend to be arranged in ways that are foreign to the human mind. Future innovations in library search and retrieval will necessarily work in the traditional indexing manner, but also by association. Associative indexing is the idea that the selection of any item may also immediately and automatically lead to the selection of another. These associations build trails which can be stored in a device such as a memex. These trails can provide a more robust searching experience. With advancing technology and new fields of specialization in all areas of human knowledge, it is imperative that we also develop means to record, store, and retrieve this new information. If we neglect this record keeping, we run the risk of undermining future innovation.

~R.F.

Informative Abstract

Bush, V. (1996/1945). As we may think. Interactions, 3(2), 35-36. Originally published in Atlantic Monthly, 176(1), 101-108. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/unbound/flashbks/computer/bushf.htm

Emerging technologies and innovation have allowed mankind to exercise greater control over its environment. Documentation of research leading to these advances has proven difficult to maintain in a usable collection. Future efforts to record, store, and retrieve information provided in this documentation will focus not only on traditional manners of indexing, but also on associative indexing.

~ R. F.

 

“Indexing by Extraction” Terms

adoption of mechanisms – libraries

associative indexing

automation

collection of data

collection of observations

communication

compression

conclusions

electric

extraction

extracts

findings

instrumentalities – cathode ray tubes

instrumentalities – photocells

instrumentalities – photography

instrumentalities – relay combinations

instrumentalities – thermionic tubes

knowledge

logic – formal

machines

mechanization

memex

methods of reviewing

methods of transmitting

microfilm

prophecy

record of ideas

repetitive processes of thought – arithmetic

repetitive processes of thought – manipulation of data

repetitive processes of thought – statistics

research

scientist

searching

selection by association

selection by indexing

specialization

storage

summation of human experience

systems of indexing

technology

Voder

 

“Indexing by Assignment” Terms

Didn’t have access to ASIS based on work schedule and distance from University Library

LCSH Subject Headings

 

Information resources

Libraries – automation – forecasting

Information storage and retrieval systems – forecasting

 

DDC and LCC classes

028 – Reading & use of other information media

Z699 – Machine methods of information and retrieval

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