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National Research Council, Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Resources, Computer Science and Technology Board, National Research Network Review Committee, Toward a National Research Network (1988) (full-text).
The United States would benefit significantly from the creation of a national research network (NRN). The Committee evaluated the proposal for an NRN submitted by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The Committee strongly supports the concept presented.
An NRN would create a computer network infrastructure to provide much-needed support to the scientific research community. Data obtained by the Committee regarding current and anticipated research activities demonstrate that an NRN could dramatically improve the productivity and quality of output of the U.S. research community. Through these direct benefits, plus commercial spinoffs from associated computer and network research, an NRN could greatly promote U.S. competitiveness in a multiplicity of disciplines.