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Dissertation Information for Sinikka Pirjo Koskiala

NAME:
- Sinikka Pirjo Koskiala

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of Maryland (USA) (1980)

ADVISORS:
- Dagobert Soergel

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Tefko Saracevic
- Paul Wasserman
- Jerry S. Kidd
- William Blackburn Widhelm

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: FLOW OF TECHNICAL INFORMATION THROUGH THE INDUSTRIAL INFORMATION SERVICES IN FINLAND

Abstract: The purpose of the study was twofold: (1) To contribute toward the effective planning for the development of a comprehensive national network structure for scientific and technical information activities in Finland by analyzing the transfer patterns of technical information which is required for research and development as well as decision making in the industrial sector. (2) A general level goal is to develop and demonstrate a methodology based on the concept of information transfer as a chain process from the producer of information to the ultimate user. This method can be applied to information transfer studies in other subject fields and in different environments.

To accomplish this goal a model of a technical information transfer network was developed based on the concept of information transfer as a chain process from the producer of information to the ultimate user. To facilitate the investigation of the information flow through the network all the possible chains and the various transmitting nodes were isolated from the basic model. Only those transfer chains which included the industrial information service unit were considered in the study. In carrying out the study a purposive sample of the industrial firms in Finland was taken. All companies where at least one person was assigned full time to the information activity were included. Fifty-seven such information services were identified, and their placement in the organizational structure, material and personnel resources as well as their services were recorded. Of the 57 information services, 51 (90 percent) participated in the data collection phase, where all information acquisitions, sources used by the information service units, and use made of the items received were recorded on special forms. In all, 6641 transactions, i.e., transfers of one item of information from an immediate source to the information service unit, were recorded. These data were analyzed to see what paths, transfer patterns and switching mechanisms the industry used in its information acquisition, how the information sources used by industry were performing, and what kind of selective filtering of the information received took place in the industrial information services. The results present a picture of the scientific and technical information transfer system, the series of transactions involved and the patterns and types of transactions which are pertinent to information transfer in the Finnish industry. Implications for the planning of national information transfer network are discussed.

MPACT Scores for Sinikka Pirjo Koskiala

A = 0
C = 0
A+C = 0
T = 0
G = 0
W = 0
TD = 0
TA = 0
calculated 2008-01-31 06:17:57

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