The online information retrieval network ausinet, and its implications for the Australian Road Research Board

This is the text of a paper delivered at a seminar on online information services organised by the Western Australian Institute of Technology, and held in Perth, February, 16-17, 1978. Ausinet is a recently developed Australian computer network designed to provide online information retrieval services from both foreign and local information sources using the computer facilities of the commercial firm, aci computer services pty ltd. This paper describes the beginnings of ausinet, its current users and management of the network. Systems capabilities for file creation, free text searching and hard copy index production are briefly outlined and costs, access hours and file access are detailed and comparisons drawn with lockheed's dialog service. The board's work in provision of information services is described. Its decision to enter ausinet has meant the IRRD and Australian road index files are available for machine searching by other ausinet users as well as board staff. In house reaction to this online facility is described, and in conclusion the importance of ausinet's continuing viability is promoted as is the need for some changes in management and organisation of the network (a).

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    Melbourne, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Bays, M
  • Publication Date: 1978-4


  • English

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  • Pagination: 10P
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    • Issue Number: AIR 000-102

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  • Accession Number: 01440580
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
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  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 11:02PM