Volume 17, Number 4 April 2000
Requiem for a database
Why do inferior databases survive while good ones often perish?
by Péter Jacsó
INTERNET INSIGHTS column asks why poor-quality databases continue to
thrive while good ones often perish. Relates that the Population
Index database hosted by Princeton University's Office of Population
Research was discontinued after the last update was added. Maintains
that it is not merely an indexing service for population literature
but also an abstracting service, and a very good one at that.
Speculates on why some horrible databases survive, maybe because
there is some tax break involved or a federal grant. Explains what
is so good about Population Index, and says that it is a
well-organized, reliably maintained, predictable database with
excellent content. Comments that while the world's population keeps
exploding, the money for population-related bibliographic projects
Includes four screen displays.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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