Chemical Literature, Volume 12, Number 2, Summer 1960 Page: 3
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REPORT ON CHEMICAL DOCUMENTATION
At the open meeting of the Division of Chemical
Literature's Committee on Chemical Documentation, the
following question was discussed:
"Are there cooperative areas in documentation,
between companies and between service organizations
that should be fostered?"
Over 100 members of the Division of Chemical Literature
attended this evening session. In order to ensure 100%
participation, the audience was divided into six groups
under the leadership of the following group leaders:
C. L. Bernier, H. S. Nutting, C. C. Conrad, K. F.
Heumann, F. R. Whaley, and B. H. Weil. After the group
discussion, which lasted about forty minutes, each
group leader summarized his groups discussion. Following
this summarization, additional comments were
added from the floor. Those attending this meeting felt
that the "buzz session" method of analyzing a problem
and arriving at decisions is a good approach and recommended
unanimously that it be used at the next open
meeting and that the Program Committee consider this
approach for a half-day session in the future.
Various areas of cooperation in documentation
which were suggested by the several groups reporting
are as follows:
1. Current cooperative areas
Abbott and Schering have been sharing abstracts in
the pharmaceutical and medical fields. They would
like more to join in this project. One group brought.
out that three companies are already sharing abstracts
in the field of antibiotics. Other groups
identified other areas where cooperation is practiced,
e.g., infrared and ultraviolet data, lubricant additives
file, AIEE electrical insulation file, API journal
literature, MCA and API physical properties data,
Western Reserve Metallurgical journal literature, etc.
2. Suggested cooperative areas for journal and patent
a. Centralized abstracting in the polymer field
b. Physical properties index
c. Index to chemical reactions
d. Convince journals to have separate (not tear out)
sheets of Tables of Contents, as reprints if
e. Initiation of cooperative programs in various
phases of the electronics literature
f. Centralized abstracting in the statistical field.
3. Suggested cooperative areas for other kinds of open
a. An expansion of and greater participation in the
SLA centralized translation pool
b. A merged list of papers given at meetings
c. Indexes to equipment catalogs
d. Index to current university research
e. A compilation of and index to problems in chemical
f. A pool of literature searches in chemistry.
4. Suggested cooperative areas for services
a. A centralized service organization for helping
chemists and chemical companies to develop
techniques for dealing with information and
b. A centralized literature-searching service
c. A centralized question-answering telephone
d. A published list of research projects that should
be undertaken in documentation
e. A centralized service concerned with nomenclature
and coding problems.
5. Suggested cooperative areas i n documentation
a. Establish a research center for documentation
research to be sponsored by chemical companies
b. A sponsored research project to compare various
indexing schemes now in use with electronic
c. A sponsored research program for the evaluation
of notation methods and for determining the need
for notation methods.
6. Other suggested cooperative areas "
a. Sponsored forums on electronic machines and
their use in chemical documentation,
b. A committee for investigating college education
for chemical documentation with the objective of
proposing changes to increase its effectiveness
and value. This might involve the development
from scratch of a model curriculum.
As the outgoing chairman of this committee, I
wish to take this opportunity to thank the following
members of the committee for their wonderful cooperation
and enthusiasm in exploring problems in documentation:
Dr. C. L. Bernier
Dr. C. C. Conrad
Dr. P. N. Craig
Miss Hanna Friedenstein
Dr. K. F. Heumann
Mr. Gerald Jahoda
Mr. Allen Kent
Mr. W. H. Longenecker
Dr. J. S. Maclennan
Mr. D. 0. Myatt
Dr. H. S. Nutting
Mr. Ascher Opler
Mrs. Claire Schultz
Dr. Mortimer Taube
Mr. W. H. Waldo
Mr. B. H. Weil
Association with this committee was a stimulating
experience. The new chairman is Dr. Carleton C. Conrad
of the du Pont Textile Fibers Dept. 's Information Section
of the Patent Division, who has been a valuable member
of the committee. Under his chairmanship we can expect
to see the Committee on Chemical Documentation increase
in value to the members of the Division of Chemical
Herman Skolnik, Chairman
Committee on Chemical Documentation
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