TIFAC and the management of information: the VirtualSoft Solution.
As the name suggests, technology information forecasting and assessment council (TIFAC) compiles and disseminates scientific and technical information running into thousands and thousand pages. Before VirtualSoft entered the picture, clients were sent printed reports. These arrived by snail post, torn and dog eared. A month would lapse between request and delivery, often the print quality was poor. Readers had to wait through miles of illegible print in order to find a paragraph of interest and relevance. These problems were overcome in one technological stroke: Interactive web enabled CD-ROMS by VirtualSoft VirtualSoft digitalized 14000 pages of text and tables under various heads: Food and Agriculture, Health and so on. Each report is compressed into slim CD; the information is easy to access, navigate and read. The VirtualSoft solution has taken TIFAC a step closer to its long term objective: Technology Vision 2020.