Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 24: 81-92 (1986)

原著論文Original Article

利用の側面からみた国産データベースの特徴Some characteristics of Japanese databases based on user survey

慶應義塾大学文学部文学研究科図書館・情報学科School of Library and Information Science, Keio University ◇ 〒108-8345 東京都港区三田二丁目15番45号 ◇ Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

発行日:1987年3月25日Published: March 25, 1987

Japanese databases are an indispensable ingredient of information resources. Their importance increases rapidly since they will extensively cover information produced in Japan although the number of the databases is not sufficient enough to do any research without foreign ones.

This paper describes some characteristics of the Japanese databases based on an user survey. 63 academic libraries and 65 corporate libraries are questionaired in terms of popular ones merits problems of the databases, government owned information which might be desirable to be included in the databases, and so forth.

Popular databases in academic libraries are only ones produced by JICST. On the other hand, corporate libraries are using wide range of databases such as ones provided by JICST, Japan Patent Information Center, Nihon Keizai Shinbun, and others. Corporate libraries use those more frequently than academic libraries.

Merits to use them are evident since searchers are exempted from the language barriers and able to obtain domestic information efficiently. Diversity of search commands and keyword types among different systems are major problems. Incomplete or biased coverage of information stored in the databases is also indicated.

This paper analyzes reasons and/or backgrounds which resulted in the user responses and finally suggests the way to foster sound growth of the databases.

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