Chemical Literature, Volume 10, Number 1, Spring 1958 Page: 2
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Some 125 representatives of industry, government,
education, and scientific and professional organizations
attended a two-day conference called by Western
Reserve University, February 3-4, 1958, to consider
the need for immediate action on the better coordination
of scientific and technical information. This was
a special meeting of the Council of Documentation
Research, and Don D. Andrews (president of the Council)
and Jesse H. Shera (its executive secretary) served
as chairmen of the sessions.
Nine speakers reported on the present status and
projected needs of information services in various
scientific fields: Frank T. Sisco (Engineering Foundation),
G. Miles Conrad (Biological Abstracts),
E. E. Hutchisson (American Institute of Physics),
James D. Mack (Lehigh University), Marjorie B. Hyslop
(American Society of Metals), D. C. Hilty (Union Carbide
Corporation), E. J. Crane (Chemical Abstracts
Service), Lawrence H. Flett (Societe de Chemie Industrielle),
Don D. Andrews (United States Patent Office),
and Bert Atkinson (National Science Foundation).
James W. Perry presented a Western Reserve proposal
for national control of scientific and technical information,
including a review of the technical feasibility
of centralized services (manpower, tools,
and costs). It was emphasized that this proposal,
specific as it was, was intended only as a point of
departure for discussion and action.
In the discussion which followed, it was generally
agreed that there is much that needs doing in the
organization of information for ready retrieval, and
that time is of the essence--both to prevent chaos and
for national security. It was the consensus, however,
that vital information is needed on the specific needs
and desires of the various disciplines of science and
of branches of industry and government; on the operational
utility of existing mechanized systems, which
are largely in the pilot or initial-use stages; and
on the unit and total costs involved in cooperative
and/or centralized efforts.
Quarterly News Bulletin of the Division of Chemical Literature
ETHALINE CORTELYOU . . Armour Research Foundation
PATRICIA LILLIS . . . Armour Research Foundation
P. M. REYLING. . . Oak Ridge National Laboratory
LEONORE ROGALSKI . . . Universal Oil Products Co.
MARY F. WRENN . . . . Armour Research Foundation
VIRGINIA VALERI ..... Arthur D. Little, Inc.
J. A. LECKY ...... Standard Oil Co. (Ind.)
Joan Abern, F. J. Bassett, C. L. Brown, R. S. Casey,
R. A. Chisholm, K. Gingold, A. B. Johnson, R. J. Kyle,
M. Constance Parche, J. S. Rauch, Gertrude Schutze,
Lois M. Skinner, J. F. Smith, W. A. Southern,
I. D. Welt, W. A. Wilkinson
R. S. Casey, E. J. Crane, M. P. Doss,
J. H. Fletcher, M. G. Mellon, J. W. Perry,
J. F. Smith, B. A. Soule, B. H. Well
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Accordingly, those present unanimously'recommended
to the Council of Documentation Research that it
petition the National Academy of Sciences-National
Research Council to appoint an ad hoc committee to
review the proceedings of the conference, formulate
a crash program (because of the exigencies of the
situation) which will yield definitive information,
seek the necessary funds for the studies indicated,
analyze the information obtained, and prepare and
implement an over-all program for further cooperative
and/or centralized efforts.
Representatives of the Carnegie Foundation, National
Science Foundation, and other foundations indicated
that they would give favorable consideration to granting
funds for specific phases of this crash program.
The representative of the National Academy of SciencesNational
Research Council also gave assurance that
that distinguished organization would expedite action
on the petition.
Published proceedings of the conference will be
available shortly from the Western Reserve University
Press, Cleveland 6, Ohio.
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