Improving Worldwide Access to Nuclear Information
The IAEA's International Nuclear Information System, INIS, is constantly working on making its collection of 3.4 million nuclear information records easier to access and of greater value to its users. Host of one of the world's largest collections of published information on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, INIS, which offers free online access to a unique collection of non-conventional literature, has continued to introduce new collection search features, to improve existing features and has leveraged the increased use of mobile devices by recently launching a mobile version of its Website. A consultative meeting of INIS liaison officers (ILOM), held earlier this month in Vienna, addressed these recent developments and various other topics, helping to identify the future course of INIS.
“We live in a world of constant change and this should be kept in mind when discussing the current and future activities of INIS. The world of scientific and technical information is especially prone to quick and radical changes, making it important to constantly work on modernizing INIS operations”, indicated Mr. Alexander Bychkov, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, in his opening address to the the 36th ILOM. “Opening the INIS collection to the nuclear community through a freely accessible website and replacing the old INIS on-line system with a modern, Google-based search application are moves in the right direction” he explained.
Representatives from 47 Member States and five international organizations participated at the 36th Consultative Meeting of INIS Liaison Officers, on 4-5 October, 2012. The Meeting reviewed INIS activities since the 35th Consultative Meeting of INIS Liaison Officers in 2010, and the use and effectiveness INIS as well as its future. INIS Liaison Officers and speakers from Japan, USA, Brazil, India, Syria, China, Azerbaijan, Russian Federation and Pakistan presented valuable information on many aspects of their INIS operations and their suggestions for developing INIS further. This included the important role of national INIS centres in preserving major nuclear accidents’ literature, and the need to provide access to other types of nuclear information. The Meeting concluded with a valuable set of recommendations. The meeting’s recommendations and presentations are available here.
In addition, the 3rd International Nuclear Library Network (INLN) Members Meeting also took place on October 5th, in Vienna, Austria. Members from 23 countries reviewed the current activities of the INLN, particularly the flow of Requests for Information between the IAEA Library and the INLN members. Discussions focused on the future direction and activities of the Network and an INLN Web Coordination Group (WCG) was appointed to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by new technologies. Representatives from Brazil, Canada, Ireland, and the IAEA Library are members of the Group. Finally, an agreement to move towards the implementation of a Practical Arrangement to be signed by all INLN members, which will contextualize the Network’s objectives and operation, as well as the members’ benefits and obligations was reached.
The International Nuclear Information System (INIS) is a collaborative international information system operated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. INIS is maintained in co-operation with over 150 Member States and international organizations. It is the world´s leading information system on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. INIS maintains a database of over 3.4 million bibliographic references and announces the availability of scientific literature published world-wide on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It also maintains a collection of full text documents that would be difficult to obtain elsewhere. The information shared on this platform is essential to governments, academic and research institutions and private companies.
The International Nuclear Library Network (INLN) is a global nuclear knowledge management initiative aiming to strengthen international cooperation. It has thirty seven members from twenty eight countries. For more information about the INLN, visit http://inln.iaea.org