The rapid proliferation of computerized information systems has created an urgent need for better methods to determine what the contents of the data bases for these systems should be. The central theme underlying the methodology, which is proposed for making this determination, is that there are certain types of information concerning what the contents of a data base should be that can be best provided by the most knowledgeable people in the area, i.e. the potential users of the system. A concurrent consideration, which also makes it highly desirable to have the potential users involved in the development of their system, is that participation in decision making has been shown to lead to greater group acceptance. This aspect of potential user involvement is especially important, since group acceptance is critical to the success of any information system. A Delphi type methodology provides a means whereby the opinions of the potential users can be effectively integrated in regard to the types of data that are important in a data base. Procedures for implementing the methodology are developed, and a generalized computer program for processing the information flows associated with the method is described. The description of an actual application of the method to the design of the data base for the Pavement Feedback Data System (PFDS), which is currently under development in the Texas Highway Department, is used as an example to illustrate the concepts involved. /FHWA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Work done in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation. Sponsored by the Texas Highway Department, Planning and Research Division.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Texas, Austin

    Center for Highway Research, 200 West 21st Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78712
  • Authors:
    • Bush, R R
  • Publication Date: 1975-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 250 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00130568
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-75-S0412
  • Contract Numbers: 1-8-69-123
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1976 12:00AM