Chemical Literature, Volume 12, Number 4, Winter 1960 Page: 3
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REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON
At the open meeting of the Committee on Chemical
Documentation held during the New York A.C.S.
Meeting on the evening of September 13, 1960, the following
question was discussed:
"If You Were Given a Research Grant,
What Would You Do in Chemical Documentation?"
Approximately 75 persons attended the meeting.
Audience participation was again encouraged through
the medium of discussion groups. Discussion group
leaders were: C. L. Bernier, P. N. Craig, Gerald Jahoda,
B. H. Weil, Harriet Geer, H. S. Nutting and Herman
Skolnik. To facilitate breaking down the broad range of
research inherent in the general question, the members
were asked to classify their suggestions as to whether
their projects were small grants ($10,000 or less),
medium grants ($10,000 to $50,000), or large grants
($50,000 or higher). In the summing up period at the
conclusion of the group discussions, the following
specific topics and suggested areas of effort were indicated
as desirable projects:
Small Grants - $10,000 or Less
1. Research program on coding polymer structures,
particularly for IBM machines.
2. Application of machine methods to the petroleum
3. Design of new classification systems for books in
special chemistry libraries.
4. Study of whether an IBM card based catalog can
replace a conventional card catalog in the library,
and determination of whether there are applications
of the card catalog which cannot be provided with
an IBM card based book catalog.
5. Establishment of a research professorship in chemical
documentation as a means to develop a curriculum
in this field.
6. Develop a special low cost camera with which full
size pictures of abstracts (as for example from
Chemical Abstracts) can be taken by the library
7. Develop standard procedures for the establishment
and maintenance of personal reprint files, including
a standardized list of subject headings.
8. Initiate an active program toward educating the
laboratory man on the services already available;
including publication of appropriate articles in
C. 6 E. News, and the Journal of Chemical
9. Development of ways for putting supplementarystorage
Medium Grants - $10,000 to $50,000
1. Preparation of bibliographies for a central location
in special subjects.
2. Develop for organic reactions a system which would
afford better retrieval in depth.
3. Study of the relative value of abstracts and indexes
- are indexes alone sufficient, or are both abstracts
and indexes needed?
4. Development of a program to evaluate what information
services are worth.
Large Grants - $50,000 or More
1. Design of facet classification systems for the
field of chemistry.
2. Design of a mechanical dictionary for foreign
3. Construction of a thesaurus for subject areas in
chemistry and chemical technology.
4. Studying new ways for indexing foreign languages.
5. Establish a research group under a good director to
study ways of correlating biological data with
chemical structure, with the objective of developing
a system which would be universal throughout
6. Development of a machine that will read a wide
variety of printed information and process according
to a specified plan.
7. Study of chemical nomenclature to develop one that
would meet with general acceptance. This would
involve a study of fundamental concepts. It might
yield a system that starts with root names and
branches out,from the roots.
8. Operations - research study of the needs of
chemists for specific types and lengths of abstracts.
9. Preparation of a series of chemical-literature monographs
on basic techniques, to give new people
entering the field the benefit of reported developments.
10. Fragmentation of molecular structures, etc. to give
optimum retrieval results.
11. Find out how and why chemical literature is used.
12. Learn what users would like to have retrieval
systems do for them.
13. Devise a simple topological representation of organic
14. Make a system for feeding in structural formulas
which will have an output of structural formulas
and provide correlation of structural and other
15. Make comparative studies of retrieval systems,
including costing, timing, etc.
16. Have trial studies of retrieval systems.
17. Make working models of specific kinds of indexes
and try these out.
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