INIS News

News from the International Nuclear Information System
Number 10, September 2010

 
 

The Road that led to the creation of INIS

The resources devoted to research, development and applications in many fields of science and technology, particularly in nuclear physics and nuclear sciences in general, were greatly expanded after World War II. In the 1940s, information management activities in nuclear science and technology were established in parallel in numerous countries and were progressively enhanced as developments in computer technology increased their usefulness. With the creation of the IAEA in 1957, the possibility of establishing a scheme to provide computerized access to a comprehensive collection of references to the world's nuclear literature began to be explored.The outcome of these efforts was the creation of INIS, a 'trailblazer' in the world of information exchange.

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ILO Meetings over the Years

The consultative meetings of INIS Liaison Officers (ILO meetings) were born from a recommendation by the Advisory Committee for INIS and tasked to review INIS operations in the early years. Over the past forty years, thirty four consultative meetings of INIS Liaison Officers have taken place, offering INIS members a forum in which to discuss past achievements as well as the challenges ahead and providing recommendations to help improve INIS operations and INIS products.

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Early Influences: The Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee for INIS met for the first time on 18 and 19 November 1971. Established by a recommendation made by the IAEA's Board of Governors in February 1969, the objective of the Committee was to review INIS operations annually. During the early years of INIS, the Committee was an important advisory body, making recommendations regarding INIS' strategic direction and informing INIS operations.

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INIS Today

Removing barriers to access and opening INIS on the web proved to be a landmark in positioning INIS as a key provider of information on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. However, the information 'landscape' is continuously changing. In 2010, the INIS Secretariat in consultation with the INIS Liaison Officers, revisited some of its products and carry the responsibility to lay the foundation for continued success.

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INIS Milestones

INIS Milestones

Discover INIS' milestones and highlights from the time INIS was created until today.