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In a very real sense it may be dysfunctional for them. This may amaze you, and in a purely abstract and vacuum situation it's a stupid affair, but within the context of Congress, in many instances, the promotion of computer use and information collection is viewed as dysfunctional. During that period when the Joint Committee on the Organization of the Congress was evolving its long series of recommendations for improving the organization of Congress, it gave some very serious attention to this problem of computerization and the use of technology by Congress.

Colonel Aines: I think that when you read my paper, Professor Kayton, you will have evidence that we are not completely maladroit. There are problems that are unique to the federal government within itself and as part of a national and international community. If you will recall the problem of microfiche, you will remember that it became necessary for COSATI to plunge into an area where it had no desire to do so, in order to come up with the standard that would make it possible for us to have the use of microfiche as an excellent technological tool which could help us accomplish certain of our ends.

How happy it would make me to see each country come forward with a similar declaration of faith in the organized sharing of knowledge that makes each nation richer and none poorer. It is my hope that the computer community will embrace the concept as a natural growth pole around which other programs can coalesce and flourish. Perhaps those of you who are participating in this conference will take a lively interest in discussing the proposition and consider it a challenge as well as a worthy objective.

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