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GOVERNMENT CRYOGENICS DATABASE RECONSTRUCTED AND UPDATED.

NIST, along with the Chemical Propulsion Information Agency, Columbia, Md., and Technology Applications Inc., Boulder, Colo., have reconstructed and updated the database of the former National Bureau of Standards Cryogenic Data Center. The center, which housed on a mainframe computer a bibliography of cryogenic literature and thermophysical property data that covered 100 years, was discontinued in the early 1980s.

After a 1997 survey showed there was substantial interest by industry and government researchers in a revived database, the three organizations created a Cryogenic Information Technology Database, available on CD-ROM with over 133,000 document citations. The CD-ROM is planned for semi-annual release with additional citations from current literature. A specialized technical staff has been trained to establish a clearinghouse of cryogenic information, acquire

hard copies of documents, store computerized records of bibliographic data for retrieval and update the record base continuously.

The goal is to establish an information center capable of providing technical analyses, state-of-the-art reviews, enhanced fluid and material property software routines, current-awareness services and Internet accessibility. In other words, the renewed database is a one-stop resource for cryogenic documents and technical data.

Information on the Cryogenic Technology Database is available from Eric D. Marquardt, NIST, MS 838, Boulder, Colo. 80303-3337; (303)497-5467; ericm@boulder.nist.gov.

A paper (no. 52- 99) outlining the database program is available from Sarabeth Harris, MC 104, NIST, Boulder, Colo. 80303-3337; (303)497-3237; sarabeth@boulder.nist.gov.
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