Getting Information Via Computer: Some Basics

by Michael R. Walsh, US Army Corps of Engineers, Inst for, Water Resources, Fort Belvoir, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources


Information is a most important resource for water resource professionals. The combination of the computer and the telephone has established a new avenue to acquire information. One directory lists about 2,500 computerized, commercial data bases. Included in this vast expanse of electronic information are many databases that contain information of interest to water resource planners and engineers. To tap this information one must know how to 'go online' via computer and telephone. Next, one must find the sources of information containing the water-related information and determine how to locate the specific information needed. Finally, the information must be either read or a copy transferred back to a personal computer. This paper describes the fundamentals of going online and getting information electronically via computer and identifies some sources of electronic information useful for water professionals.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Databases | Water resources | Information systems | Information management | Internet | Professional practice

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