This article represents an attempt to achieve two objectives. The first is a response to William T. Knox's invitation, directed to some scientific disciplines, for each discipline to present a concept of its information system and discuss the compatibility of that system with the proposed national networks. The second objective is to present this same concept to the physics community since it will have major bearing on future physics research and education. The first portion of this article serves this dual purpose. The second portion is intended to tell physicists about current developments in areas of interest to them.

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