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 Decade: 1980-1989
 Collection: Office of Technology Assessment
Information Technology Research and Development: Critical Trends and Issues

Information Technology Research and Development: Critical Trends and Issues

Date: February 1985
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that "examines four specific areas of research as case studies: computer architecture, artificial intelligence, fiber optics, and software engineering" in light of their new role in the United States economy (p. iii).
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Informational Technology and Its Impact on American Education

Informational Technology and Its Impact on American Education

Date: November 1982
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that "examines both the demands that the information revolution will make on education and the opportunities afforded by the new information technologies to meet those demands" (p. iii).
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Informational Technology and Its Impact on American Education : summary

Informational Technology and Its Impact on American Education : summary

Date: September 6, 1983
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report documents two sets of conclusions: the impact of the information revolution driven by rapid advances in communication and computer technology, and how information technology can improve and enrich education.
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Informing the Nation: Federal Information Dissemination in an Electronic Age

Informing the Nation: Federal Information Dissemination in an Electronic Age

Date: October 1988
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report addresses the opportunities to improve the dissemination of Federal information. It also highlights two major problems: maintaining equity in public access to Federal information in electronic formats, and defining the respective roles of Federal agencies and the private sector in the electronic dissemination process. The report focuses on current and future roles of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and Superintendent of Documents, the Depository Library Program (administered by GPO), and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). In addition, this report examines electronic dissemination of congressional information, the Freedom of Information Act in an electronic environment, and electronic dissemination of government information to the press.
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Innovative Biological Technologies for Lesser Developed Countries

Innovative Biological Technologies for Lesser Developed Countries

Date: July 1985
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: Papers from a workshop hosted by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that was dedicated to innovative biological technologies that could be used "to help lesser developed countries (LDCs) enhance the productivity of their soils, reduce their need for costly chemical fertilizers, and increase food supplies" (p. iii).
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Institutional Protocols for Decisions About Life-Sustaining Treatments: special report

Institutional Protocols for Decisions About Life-Sustaining Treatments: special report

Date: July 1988
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report focuses on the formal policies and guidelines’ through which health care institutions articulate decision making procedures and identify permissible options regarding the use of life-sustaining treatments for adult patients in their care.
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Integrated renewable resource management for U.S. insular areas

Integrated renewable resource management for U.S. insular areas

Date: June 1987
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: The report on renewable resource development can help foster self-sufficiency, but certain approaches are not compatible with sustained development (e. g., harvesting resources until long-term productivity is lost, resources are depleted, or the environment is degraded). Similarly, policies, programs, and projects that seriously conflict with local cultures and customs are likely to be counterproductive.
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Intellectual Property Rights in an Age of Electronics and Information

Intellectual Property Rights in an Age of Electronics and Information

Date: April 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report examines the impact of recent and anticipated advances in communication and information technologies on the intellectual property system. It focuses primarily on the Federal copyright system, and on the continuing effectiveness of copyright law as a policy tool in the light of technologies such as audioand videorecorders, computer programs, electronic databases, and telecommunications networks.
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International competition in services: banking building software know-how--

International competition in services: banking building software know-how--

Date: July 1987
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: The international competitiveness of American firms in most manufacturing industries has been in decline, in large part because of growing competence in other parts of the world. As this assessment shows, the United States remains highly competitive in many service industries, But trade in services will remain small compared to trade in goods, and many of the benefits from foreign investments by American service firms accrue to the host nations where U.S.-based banks, insurance companies, accounting firms, and other suppliers of services do business, Services cannot right the Nation’s trade balance, even granting the many ways in which a strongly competitive service sector benefits the competitiveness of American manufacturing firms.
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International Competitiveness in Electronics

International Competitiveness in Electronics

Date: November 1983
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that looks at the international competitiveness of the electronics technology industry.
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International Cooperation and Competition in Civilian Space Activities

International Cooperation and Competition in Civilian Space Activities

Date: June 1985
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: The findings of an assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) on "international cooperation and competition in civilian space activities" (p. iii).
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Issues and Options in Flood Hazards Management

Issues and Options in Flood Hazards Management

Date: February 1980
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: An analysis by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that identifies "information and knowledge gaps in the management of flood hazards" and proposes "policy options for further consideration that could beneficially affect such management" (p. 1).
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Issues in Medical Waste Management

Issues in Medical Waste Management

Date: October 1988
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: The paper examines the adequacy of current medical waste disposal practices and the potential for human health impacts to occur as a result of such practices. It also addresses the need for additional research and databases, and discusses probable trends in future costs and capacity as new regulations are adopted around the country. Finally, the paper considers the possible need for further Federal involvement in regulating the handling, treatment, storage, and disposal of medical wastes.
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Launch Options for the Future: : special report

Launch Options for the Future: : special report

Date: July 1988
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: Adequate, reliable space transportation is the key to this Nation’s future in space. Over the next several years, Congress must make critical decisions regarding the direction and funding of U.S. space transportation systems. These decisions include improving existing launch systems, designing and procuring new launch systems, and developing advanced technologies. America’s constrained budgetary environment and the lack of a national consensus about the future of the U.S. space program make Congress’s role in this process more difficult and important than ever.
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Life-Sustaining Technologies and the Elderly

Life-Sustaining Technologies and the Elderly

Date: July 1987
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: A report on OTA has conducted a study of a wide range of topics, some of which have recently been receiving a great deal of scrutiny inside and outside the government. In order to derive information specific enough to guide possible congressional action and to be responsive to the requesting Committees, this examination of the issues is specifically tied to particular life-sustaining technologies and their use with patients who are elderly. At the same time, much of this information is applicable to life-sustaining technology in general and to citizens of all ages.
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Linking for Learning: A New Course for Education

Linking for Learning: A New Course for Education

Date: November 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report discusses the development of telecommunications technologies and the study of distance learning. OTA was asked to analyze various technological options, examine current development, and identify how Federal, State and local policies could encourage more efficient and effective use.
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Losing a million minds: confronting the tragedy of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias

Losing a million minds: confronting the tragedy of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias

Date: April 1987
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report involves collection of more than 10)000 pages of existing documents and preparation of more than 40 papers by outside experts under contract to OTA. Many of the OTA contract reports have been released to the National Technical Information Service or published elsewhere.
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Managing the Nation's Commercial High-Level Radioactive Waste

Managing the Nation's Commercial High-Level Radioactive Waste

Date: March 1985
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: A study by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) focusing on "all aspects of high-level waste disposal" (p. iii).
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Mapping Our Genes—Genome Projects: How Big? How Fast?

Mapping Our Genes—Genome Projects: How Big? How Fast?

Date: April 1988
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: Scientific and technical journals in biology and medicine have extensively covered a debate about whether and how to determine the function and order of human genes on human chromosomes and when to determine the sequence of molecular building blocks that comprise DNA in those chromosomes. This report surveys the points made so far in the debate that involves science, technology, and politics, focusing on those that most directly influence the policy options facing the U.S. Congress.
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Marine Applications for Fuel Cell Technology

Marine Applications for Fuel Cell Technology

Date: February 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: A report on fuel cell technology is one of the most promising of the new electric power technologies currently undergoing development. Fuel cell power systems have attracted attention because of their potential for high efficiency, low emissions, flexible use of fuels, and quietness. The Federal Government and the private sector have been funding fuel cell R&D for more than 20 years. The state-of-the-art has advanced to the point that fuel cell manufacturers hope to begin marketing fuel cells in just a few years. Full-scale demonstration plants are currently being designed.
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Marine minerals: exploring our new ocean frontier

Marine minerals: exploring our new ocean frontier

Date: July 1987
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: A report on exploring the EEZ for its mineral potential is in response to a joint request from the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. It examines the current knowledge about the hard mineral resources within the EEZ, explores the economic and security potential of seabed resources, assesses the technologies available to both explore for and mine those resources, identifies issues that face the Congress and the executive branch, and finally presents options to the Congress for dealing with these issues.
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Medical Devices and the Veterans Administration: A Technical Memorandum

Medical Devices and the Veterans Administration: A Technical Memorandum

Date: February 1985
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of the "activities of the Veterans Administration (VA) regarding device development and procurement," specifically of medical devices (p. iii).
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Medical Technology and Costs of the Medicare Program

Medical Technology and Costs of the Medicare Program

Date: July 1984
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that "explores the dual relationship between medical technology and the Medicare program: Medicare policies affect the adoption and use of medical technologies, and the patterns and levels of use of medical technologies significantly affect Medicare costs" (p. iii).
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Medical Technology Under Proposals To Increase Competition in Health Care

Medical Technology Under Proposals To Increase Competition in Health Care

Date: October 1982
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: A study by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that considers the "implications for medical technology of increased competition in health care" (p. 3).
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