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  NCJ Number: NCJ 172806     Find in a Library
  Title: Flow of Criminal Justice Statistical Information by Electronic Means
  Document URL: Text 
  Author(s): J Perez
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 1996
  Page Count: 11
  Annotation: A user survey was initiated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to explore the feasibility of providing criminal justice professionals access to BJS publications electronically.
  Abstract: Specifically, the survey investigated user level of computerization, interest profiles, willingness to pay transmittal costs, and intended uses of data. Findings revealed customers used a variety of electronic means to meet their information requirements, including fax technology, computers, and online transmission. The capacity of users in terms of tax technology ranged from retrieving a file from a fax-on-demand system to fax modems. BJS users with computers reported on their software capabilities: operating systems (65 percent), word processors (56 percent), and electronic file format (43 percent). They preferred using electronic modes to retrieve complete searchable files. In general, the level of user computerization was directly related to his or her likelihood of having an Internet connection. Most online users preferred interacting with a system equipped with search capabilities, and one in three users downloaded files directly from the Internet. BJS users expressed an interest in publications of a general nature, but many users were also interested in specific topics such as drugs and crime. Three of four users said they read or archived BJS reports or further manipulated the statistical portion.
  Main Term(s): Statistics
  Index Term(s): Computer aided operations ; National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) ; Criminal justice information systems ; Automated criminal justice system ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) ; Computerized document collections ; Databases
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Survey
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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