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Accepting the proposition that computerized models are capable of addressing the complex, systemic problems which confound us, one is led to enquire whether an “International Library for Systemic Scientists” is needed, where could be housed retrievable recordings of any systemic scientist's computerized models. With such an archive, the credibility of each recorded model could be challenged and/or established via techniques which have classically been applied in the linguistic scrutiny and in the natural confirmation of printed scientific communications (models). This “International Archives” could then be accessed via telecommunications; computerized models could then be retrieved, scrutinized, and rectified expediently. This paper delineates techniques by which the proper control of the systemic scientist's communications (his computerized models) can be exercised. Perhaps then the inter‐disciplinary “boundaries,” which seem somehow to constrain the pursuit of our characteristically systemic difficulties, would tend to recede, since all systemic scientists would have access to all other systemic scientists' computerized models, much as we, as scientists, historically have had access to one another's models in the printed medium.
To report on the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held in St Louis, Missouri in February 2006.
An overview of the seminars, symposia, workshops and presentations at the conference.
The theme of the meeting was Grand Challenges, Great Opportunities. The meeting was attended by 4,000 registrants, 105 exhibitors; and 900 members of the press. The meeting highlighted the academic role and infrastructure of technology in different science applications, including publishing, and national policy.
A report of interest to library and information management professionals.