Directory Database of Research and Development Activities (ReaD)

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Sato, Hiroyuki (JST) ; Nakagawa, Kenshou (JST) ; Maeda, Yoshiyuki (JST) ; GreyNet, Grey Literature Network Service (2000)
  • Publisher: Amsterdam : GreyNet, 2000
  • Subject: 05B - Information science, librarianship | JST | Japan | ReaD Database

Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST) has developed a Directory Database of Research and Development Activities (ReaD) since fiscal 1997, and offered test service of ReaD since August 1st in 1998. Now, the Japanese government aims to build up a nation creating science and technologies and invests actively in various basic researches on the basis of a science and technology master plan. These researches are aimed at creating new industries by the private business sector using the research results. In order to use the results, information such as the content of research has to be offered and opened to the public. JST conducted ReaD to spread the national research information by the Internet. Generally, to grasp the research contents, we ask the responsible institute or researcher to confirm the research theme as a basic information. For that purpose, JST constructed a directory of research institutes, researchers, research themes and research resources as the nucleus of contents of ReaD for users as fundamental information (guidance). When we developed the system, we formulated there principles of design namely, (*) collecting the open technologies as much as possible (standardization of design), (**) open-ended design of the system and (***) user friendliness. These principles are inherent in all ReaD functions. In this text, the concept of development, outline of the system, functions and directory of ReaD are described. Includes : Conference preprint XA International
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