Documentation: An Overview and Design Strategy.

by Garry D. Brewer

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The concept of documentation has yet to receive adequate professional attention as evidenced by commonly deficient documentation practices found in many large-scale information collection, processing, and application settings. This paper attempts to "begin at the beginning," reconsidering various classes of information, related forms of documentation, and functions performed in a decidely user-oriented environment. The importance of information dissemination is stressed: not all participants want to know everything all of the time, and some principles of selectivity must be invoked. (Presented as an introductory discussion paper on the design implications of regional information systems, Bad Munstereifel, West Germany, April 1973.) 12 pp. (Author)

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