I think this conference is an extremely timely one and an extremely important one. I think that to a great extent the importance of the industrial information centres, for instance those belonging to research associations have not been considered as an important national asset. All the research associations over a period of many years have developed their information services, abstracting‐and communication services to such an extent that they are now important data sinks for their industrial segments. In fact research associations have developed, not only in the classical abstracts for the chemists and physicists, the traditional scientist, but also now for economics, marketing and industrial information of all sorts, health and safety regulations and EEC regulations. All this sort of data is now an important aspect of their information networks. There are 43 research associations in Great Britain and they have data sinks which, in my opinion, are underrated and underutilized except by their own membership, and I think the future of those bases should be a subject for considerable study, both by the British Government, the British Library and the other organizations concerned. I believe we have something unique here in this country which I would like to see collected together and exploited in the fullest sense. It must always be quite clear that unless we do take this sort of action we can sec ourselves losing out to the very heavily subsidized organizations e.g. France and Germany.
(1976), "Abstracting and indexing services as data base producers: economic, technological and co‐operative opportunities", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 28 No. 10, pp. 324-324. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb050568Download as .RIS
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