Cryogenics Database Makes a Comeback
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder, CO, along with the Chemical Propulsion Information Agency, Columbia, MD, and Technology Applications Inc., Boulder, CO, has reconstructed and updated the database of the former National Bureau of Standards Cryogenic Data Center. The center, which housed a bibliography of cryogenic literature and thermophysical property data on a mainframe computer, was discontinued in the early 1980s.
After a 1997 survey showed there was interest in reviving the database, the three organizations created a Cryogenic Information Technology Database, available on CD-ROM. The CD-ROM is scheduled for semi-annual release with additional citations from current literature. 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.
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