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Processing of morphological variants in Latin text searches

Aubrey S. Nielsen 


In this paper we describe the main features of an algorithm that has been developed to make Latin text databases easier to search. Our algorithm is characterized by two main characteristics that distinguish it from the other trunks which the literature describes. Firstly, two stem dictionaries are generated in the algorithm. It is done by using two sets of stemming rules that separate substantives and adjectives from verb forms by default but do not have to encode the parts of the words to be stemmed. Secondly, the policy of deliberately understamming a large number of words gives the resulting word sufficient grammatical information to make it easy to distinguish between different words and similar roots. This feature also allows very specific searching of single grammatical forms of certain words which are an important requirement for the intended users. So far, only the stemming of individual words has been considered. We are currently developing a recovery system that allows a user to present a single query term for a database and present a list of all the morphological variants in the database, which can be added to the query.

Investors in People and university libraries, British standard accreditation, Total quality management

Oscar Dunkley 


This The rhetoric promising a new order has been affected to organizations, both public and private, such as quality management systems (QMSs) as Total Quality Management (TQM) and BS EN ISO 9000 (formerly ISO 9000 and BS 5750.). Much of the literature on the good or other of such systems has been available in the Library and Information Services (LIS), and quality is generally acceptable, or as Chase (1988) says, “quality is no longer an option-it is a good requirement in the ninety-nineties.” In terms of academic LIS, the discussion has shifted the quality assessment to a separate debate on higher education. So are their parent organisation’s initiatives in the academic LIS influenced? In light of the Follett report (1993) which called for more integrated views of customer service and quality in the context that universities and technology are fast changing, is academic LIS more likely to take QMS on board?

Information and business results: study of IT and service systems in high-performing firms

Jennifer J. Collins 


This report focuses on information-based performance relationships. Angela Abell’s previous work in the United Kingdom. And in Finland, Dr. Mariam Ginman investigated the relationship between a company’s “information culture” and its business performance. The’ Åbo Consortium ‘-a loose affiliation of British researchers-is a member of Abell and Ginman And in the Nordic countries, including Johan Olaisen of the Norwegian Business School and Sheffield University, Professor Tom Wilson. On occasion, the consortium met to discuss the development of a collaborative approach to corporate information research, which should serve as a model for parallel research in other countries. The report also draws on previous work in the business information industry, including a number of studies at Sheffield University-in particular the study by White and Wilson of information requirements in business[ 1] using a case study approach as reported in this study.

Research into the information management needs of university heads: an approach to critical success

Virginia J. Lyons


This paper describes a current research project at Sheffield University’s Department of Information Studies. In 1994-1995 the results of the study by Pellow and Wilson (1993) were published by a funded project of the UK Library Research and Development Department, which undertook a critical success factor-based research on the management information needs of academic department heads from a number of British universities. Between December 1994 and March 1995, senior academic staff, college administrators and librarians were interviewed in 16 universities. Data collection and results analyzes have been completed; the project’s final report is being amended at the moment.

E-journals and academic communication: a reference and quotation study

Boyd M. Marquez 


The newspaper is essential for formal communication with scholars. This research highlights the findings of an empirical study on scientific journals and the preliminary findings. The aim of the research is to assess the impact on academic communication of electronic journals through the measurement of the degree to which they are cited in print and electronic literature. The aim is to provide a quick picture of the impact e-journals had on scientific communication around the end of 1995. This study offers a measure of this impact, particularly on the formal communication process rather than on informal communication. The study also examines the forms of e-journals quoted by scholars, the accuracy of quotations from e-journals and the practical problems faced by researchers who wish to access e-journals in the networks.