Edwin A. Hill publishes his system for ordering molecular
formulas in an index. It is first used by the Classification Division of
the U.S. Patent Office.
W. A. Noyes assumes editorship of JACS and advocates
the publication of a more comprehensive abstracting journal.
Paul Otlet (Belgium) proposes the use of standardized microfiche
for documentation work (Buckland, 1996).
Patent for a marginal card system is granted to W. M. Stretch
First issue of Chemical Abstracts (CA) is published,
edited by William A. Noyes, Sr., in the United States, using volunteers
as abstractors (a continuing tradition in CA until the 1960s).
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