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 25: 135-155 (1987)

原著論文Original Article

海外の情報専門家からみた日本情報のアクセスと利用にともなう問題点Problems affecting the access and use of information on Japan seen by overseas information specialists

株式会社エポックリサーチ代表取締役President, Epoch Research Corporation ◇ 〒164-0001 東京都中野区中野2丁目7番12号 ◇ Nakano 2-7-12, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0001, Japan

発行日:1988年3月25日Published: March 25, 1988

Questionnaire survey concerning the needs of “information on Japan” by overseas information professionals was conducted at the International Conference on Japanese Information in Science, Technology and Commerce held at the University of Warwich organized by British Library Japanese Information Service. Here, the word “information on Japan” include all aspects of publicly held information in the fields of science, technology, business, social science, humanities in printed and digital media. 60 respondents, representing the USA and Western European countries, indicated the actual barriers and bottlenecks underlying the unavailability of “information on Japan” from overseas, and made proposals for resolution of these barriers.

Major findings out of the survey are as follows:

  1. (1) availability of “information on Japan” and the level of satisfaction are relatively high for those with Japanese language proficiency, but not high for those without it.
  2. (2) major barriers are related to language, but there exist other bottlenecks including the insufficient and inconsistent description of bibliographic information from the Japanese information producers, unavailability of a marketing and clearing service for information on Japan in the overseas marketplace, a shortage of Japan-produced online information services“in the overseas market, etc.
  3. (3) many respondents expect to use online tools to access information on Japan in the future.
  4. (4) necessary but less available information on Japan are: Who’s Who; environment and pollution;mechanical engineering; market and goods;and recent events in the information industry.

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