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For many years it has been apparent that the ever-increasing volume of information and data accumulated in all fields of human experience is far outpacing the individual's capacity to absorb even a small part of it. It is, in fact, impossible to keep current in one's own field of expertise without a systematic approach to screening, cataloging, and retrieving pertinent information. In recent years, the use of computer technology to create automated systems has provided a means to at least partially mitigate the problem.
ASTM Subcommittee D18.95 on Information Retrieval and Data Automation has, as part of its scope of responsibilities, the charge to keep current on the status of such systems and report this information to the geotechnical community. This paper is a means of fulfilling that charge by reporting the availability and accessibility of ground-water information known to the subcommittee.
Information available to the subcommittee shows that a well-coordinated program of water-data collection and dissemination is currently ongoing under the auspices of the U.S. Geological Survey's Office of Water Data Coordination. The interests of the ground-water community can best be served by encouraging the continued and expanded use of this program to provide a means for all to benefit from the collective experience and knowledge available.
information retrieval, ground water, data storage, data retrieval, data base
Principal civil engineer, Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, TN
Senior project manager, Goldberg Zoino & Associates, Inc., Newton, MA