Cover: Report on a Conference on Chinese Data Retrieval Held at The RAND Corporation, February 2-3, 1968.

Report on a Conference on Chinese Data Retrieval Held at The RAND Corporation, February 2-3, 1968.

Published 1968

by Thomas W. Robinson

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback45 pages $23.00

A report of a RAND conference on the application of computers to China studies. The discussions centered around four questions: (1) What sectors of the China studies can computers serve most advantageously? (2) What techniques can computer technology provide for immediate use? (3) Which projects could benefit by using the computer now? (4) How and by whom should the project be administered? It was concluded that present-level computer technology could be applied to several areas of China studies now. Attention was focused on information retrieval systems ranging from QUESTER to the Relational Data File. The Groner Chinese Character recognition and look-up program was also demonstrated. As a step toward daily indexing of all the information services and biographical files, a pilot program was agreed upon: two daily English translation series should be indexed by the QUESTER system using 400-500 categories to start. Keypunch, paper tape, and online input processes will be tried. Until a formal organization is established and funded, Rand will serve as the liaison center for the project. 45 pp. Ref.

This report is part of the RAND paper series. The paper was a product of RAND from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.