Four weeks later, I received an email message that they had located someone in Hungary who wanted to distribute the product.An Oregon agriculture department official needed blueberry production statistics by country ASAP, so I queried the FAO's (Food and Agriculture Organization) Library Bulletin Service ([email protected] IRMFAO01 -- no longer available).Another time, a client wanted to know if there were any library cataloging programs using the database program PC-FILE. Within two days I received several answers via email (half from outside the U.I posted this question to the Public-Access Computer Systems Forum ([email protected] S.) and one long distance phone call from a man who had heard about my question from a colleague who subscribed to PACS-L.I retrieved the software and had it to the systems operator about an hour following the request.My client wondered if there was a market for home-sized electric food dehydrators in Hungary.
(Today's example would be using Gnutella or Blue Bear to find which peer-to-peer (P2P) carried the files you wanted.) The file was available at about fifty locations around the world.
Keep in mind that the Internet is just one tool that can or should be used.
Most of the hard data resources that are on the Internet can be found in libraries, books, CD-ROMs, and commercial online databases.
A more involved research project I worked on was about airborne videography.
I made extensive use of interest groups to find contacts, potential customers and competitors, and background information for the project.