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Expert Systems at the National Agricultural Library: Past, Present, and Future

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Title: Expert Systems at the National Agricultural Library: Past, Present, and Future
Author(s): Waters, Samuel T.
Subject(s): Libraries --Automation Expert systems (Computer science) Artificial intelligence Library science --Data processing
Abstract: Since 1986, the National Agricultural Library (NAL) has developed four expert advisory systems for ready reference on agricultural topics, and has trained librarians from other institutions who have contributed three other systems. All may be downloaded from the NAL electronic bulletin board. NAL has stimulated development elsewhere of several reference advisors in subjects other than agriculture, and has actively promoted interest in the use of expert systems in libraries. NAL has been responsible for the development of an "intelligent document" in the field of aquaculture, which uses hypertext and contains an expert system. Similar products in several other fields are underway. "Smart" courseware is also being developed for library training. In the future, NAL may explore the use of new artificial intelligence techniques such as neural networks, will increase development of multimedia products and use of multifunctional software, working toward the development of knowledge access and utilization systems in important areas of concern in agriculture.
Issue Date: 1990
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In F.W.Lancaster and L.C.Smith, ed. 1990. Artificial intelligence and expert systems : will they change the library? Papers presented at the 1990 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 161-177.
Series/Report: Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (27th : 1990)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1297
ISBN: 0-87845-084-X
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1990.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-10
 

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