This Note described a study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The purpose of the project is to identify and assess ways to improve the transfer to potential users of knowledge generated by federally funded research in science and technology. To accomplish this purpose, the study examines problems of information quality control and processes by which scientific technical knowledge is or could be tailored and packaged for users. It draws heavily from the literature listed in the bibliography and from informal telephone conversations with federal officials, industrial users, informatioon producers, and others. The study includes an overview and evaluation of current federal policies and practices, and an asseessment of alternative policy options, especially as they may relate to the NSF. Appendixes suggest future directions for research in dissemination policy and present a history of the evolution of relevant federal policies and milestones. Among the actions feasible today, current computer network technology could be used to link the nation's scientific community and thereby substantially augment the information transfer process. The technology-intensive options discussed here move in this direction.

  • Corporate Authors:

    RAND Corporation

    1776 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138
    Santa Monica, CA  United States  90407-2138

    National Science Foundation

    1800 G Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20550
  • Authors:
    • Bikson, T K
    • Quint, B E
    • Johnson, L L
  • Publication Date: 1984-3

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 111 p.

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00451475
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: N-2131-NSF
  • Contract Numbers: PRA-84-00689
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM