Accession Number : ADA211187


Title :   Boston Community Information System 1987-1988 Experimental Test Results


Descriptive Note : Technical rept.


Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE LAB FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE


Personal Author(s) : Gifford, David K. ; Segal, David A.


Report Date : MAY 1989


Pagination or Media Count : 249


Abstract : The goal of Boston Community Information System Project is to explore new information system technologies that can provide sophisticated new services to entire metropolitan areas at moderate cost. The Boston Community Information System (BCIS) is a polychannel system that combines digital broadcast and duplex communication in a single integrated framework. Data from an experimental test of the BCIS system in 200 Boston area homes and businesses have shown that the Boston Community Information System provides a valuable and useful service. We present and discuss all of the data from the experimental test of the BCIS system in Boston area homes and offices from February 1987 to April 1988. The test began in February 1986, and the period from February 1986 to January 1987 is covered in MIT/LCS/TR-397. We also present data drawn from a second system that we have built called the Clipping Service. The Clipping Service provides a personalized information service to users around the world via electronic mail. Based upon a survey of 50 electronic mail users of the Clipping Service we have found that it also provides a valuable service. Keywords: Computer communication networks; Distributed databases; Information storage and retrieval; Information networks; Personal computing; Database system; Electronic newspaper.


Descriptors :   *INFORMATION SYSTEMS , *ELECTRONIC MAIL , COMMUNITIES , DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING , COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS , NETWORKS , EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN , RADIO BROADCASTING , COSTS , DATA STORAGE SYSTEMS , VALUE , URBAN AREAS , HOUSING(DWELLINGS) , DIGITAL SYSTEMS , TEST AND EVALUATION , DATA BASES


Subject Categories : INFORMATION SCIENCE
      COMPUTER SYSTEMS
      TELEMETRY


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE