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NCJ Number: 163087 Find in a Library
Title: Bulletin Board Services: Sheriffs in the Information Age
Journal: Sheriff  Volume:48  Issue:2  Dated:(March-April 1996)  Pages:13-14,35
Author(s): E P Nemeth
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 3
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article outlines the many benefits of using computer Bulletin Board Service and makes an argument for cost savings as well.
Abstract: A Bulletin Board Service (BBS) is a centralized service that individuals with a simple computer and an inexpensive modem can dial up over a standard telephone line. Users can upload information, download information, answer polls or questionnaires, leave messages in various areas, send private electronic mail, and exchange files with other users. Additional benefits of a BBS include: rapid access to information files anywhere in the world; the ability to teleconference with experts throughout the world on any subject; Q-Mail, a function that enables the user to download all messages in a specified category in seconds, frame a reply off-line, then upload the responses in seconds; on-line purchasing; and access to shareware computer programs. The only cost associated with the BBS is the telephone call, and even that expense has been dramatically reduced. Many systems include foreign language modules, and the computer does the translating. There is a telephone number to reach the National Justice Center BBS for further information.
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Automation; Communication techniques; Computer aided operations; Computers; Electronic bulletin boards; Information dissemination; Police; Regional information sharing systems; Telecommunications
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