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Nelson et al. 1995

Nelson, M.L., G.L. Gottlich, D.J. Bianco, R.L. Binkley, Y.D. Kellogg, S.S. Paulson, C.J. Beaumont, R.B. Schmunk, M.J. Kurtz, and A. Accomazzi, 1995: The widest practicable dissemination: The NASA Technical Report Server. In Computers in Aerospace 10, AIAA-95-0964. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, pp. 91-103.

The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 established NASA and charged it to "provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information concerning [...] its activities and the results thereof." The search for innovative methods to distribute NASA's information lead a grass-roots team to create the NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS), which uses the World Wide Web (WWW) and other popular Internet-based information systems as search engines. The NTRS is an now an inter-center effort which provides uniform access to various distributed publication servers residing on the Internet. Users have immediate desktop access to technical publications from NASA centers and institutes. The NTRS is comprised of several units, some constructed especially for inclusion in NTRS, and others that are existing NASA publication services that NTRS reuses. This paper presents the NTRS architecture, usage metrics, and the lessons learned while implementing and maintaining the services over the initial 6-month period. The NTRS is largely constructed with freely available software running on existing hardware. NTRS builds upon existing hardware and software, and the resulting additional exposure for the body of literature contained will allow NASA to ensure that its institutional knowledge base will continue to receive the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination.

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BibTeX Citation

  author={Nelson, M. L. and Gottlich, G. L. and Bianco, D. J. and Binkley, R. L. and Kellogg, Y. D. and Paulson, S. S. and Beaumont, C. J. and Schmunk, R. B. and Kurtz, M. J. and Accomazzi, A.},
  title={The widest practicable dissemination: The NASA Technical Report Server},
  booktitle={Computers in Aerospace 10},
  publisher={American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics},
  address={Washington, D.C.},

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RIS Citation

ID  - ne02000x
AU  - Nelson, M. L.
AU  - Gottlich, G. L.
AU  - Bianco, D. J.
AU  - Binkley, R. L.
AU  - Kellogg, Y. D.
AU  - Paulson, S. S.
AU  - Beaumont, C. J.
AU  - Schmunk, R. B.
AU  - Kurtz, M. J.
AU  - Accomazzi, A.
PY  - 1995
TI  - The widest practicable dissemination: The NASA Technical Report Server
BT  - Computers in Aerospace 10
SP  - 91
EP  - 103
PB  - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
CY  - Washington, D.C.
ER  -

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