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Title: An exploratory investigation of the translation of Pacific Northwest Laboratory`s print manuals system to an on-line manuals system

Abstract

Information management technology has proliferated in the past decade in response to the information explosion. As documentation accumulates, the need to access information residing in manuals, handbooks and regulations conveniently, accurately, and quickly has increased. However, studies show that only fractions of the available information is read (Martin, 1978). Consequently, one of the biggest challenges in linking information and electronic management of information is to use the power of communication technology to meet the information needs of the audience. Pacific Northwest Laboratories` (PNL) investigation of translating its print manual system to an on-line system fits this challenge precisely. PNL`s manuals contain a tremendous amount of information for which manual holders are responsible. To perform their tasks in compliance with policy and procedure guidelines, users need to access information accurately, conveniently, and quickly. In order to select and use information management tools wisely, answers must be sought to a few basic questions. Communication experts cite four key questions: What do users want? What do users need? What characteristics of an on-line information system affect its usefulness? Who are the users whose wants and needs are to be met? Once these questions are answered, attention can be focused on finding the bestmore » match between user requirements and technology characteristics and weighing the costs and benefits of proposed options.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
10169165
Report Number(s):
PNL-SA-21076; CONF-9206200-3
ON: DE92019075
DOE Contract Number:  
AC06-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 1992 pro SIG spring meeting,Kansas City, MO (United States),16-17 Jun 1992; Other Information: PBD: Jun 1992
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; INFORMATION RETRIEVAL; ON-LINE SYSTEMS; BATTELLE PACIFIC NORTHWEST LABORATORIES; INFORMATION SYSTEMS; HUMAN FACTORS; TESTING; EVALUATION; 990301; DATA HANDLING

Citation Formats

Heubach, J G, Hunt, S T, and Pond, L R. An exploratory investigation of the translation of Pacific Northwest Laboratory`s print manuals system to an on-line manuals system. United States: N. p., 1992. Web.
Heubach, J G, Hunt, S T, & Pond, L R. An exploratory investigation of the translation of Pacific Northwest Laboratory`s print manuals system to an on-line manuals system. United States.
Heubach, J G, Hunt, S T, and Pond, L R. Mon . "An exploratory investigation of the translation of Pacific Northwest Laboratory`s print manuals system to an on-line manuals system". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10169165.
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abstractNote = {Information management technology has proliferated in the past decade in response to the information explosion. As documentation accumulates, the need to access information residing in manuals, handbooks and regulations conveniently, accurately, and quickly has increased. However, studies show that only fractions of the available information is read (Martin, 1978). Consequently, one of the biggest challenges in linking information and electronic management of information is to use the power of communication technology to meet the information needs of the audience. Pacific Northwest Laboratories` (PNL) investigation of translating its print manual system to an on-line system fits this challenge precisely. PNL`s manuals contain a tremendous amount of information for which manual holders are responsible. To perform their tasks in compliance with policy and procedure guidelines, users need to access information accurately, conveniently, and quickly. In order to select and use information management tools wisely, answers must be sought to a few basic questions. Communication experts cite four key questions: What do users want? What do users need? What characteristics of an on-line information system affect its usefulness? Who are the users whose wants and needs are to be met? Once these questions are answered, attention can be focused on finding the best match between user requirements and technology characteristics and weighing the costs and benefits of proposed options.},
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