An attempt to clarify the problem of how a computing machine must be organized to deal with language in order to respond to interrogation as if it understood meanings and relevance. The paper is divided into three parts: (1) an outline of the origins and scope of the information sciences and the impetus they have given to this search; (2) a look at two subproblems, literature searching and data retrieval, to suggest how these problems should be framed; and (3) a consideration of the question of comprehension with the aim of specifying how some aspects of knowing can be discussed in a mechanical way and related to the information organization required to generate comprehension-like behavior. 23 pp. Bibliog.
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