Nuclear Information Section

The primary mission of the Nuclear Information Section is to enable access to credible, multilingual information on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. The Section strengthens Member States’ nuclear information capacities through the collection, management, dissemination and preservation of nuclear information and provides information management services and training activities.

The Nuclear Information Section consists of the International Nuclear Information System (INIS), the IAEA Library, and the Systems Development and Support Group (SDSG).

International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

In collaboration with over 150 members, the Section operates one of the world's largest information systems on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. The INIS repository contains over four million bibliographic references and over one million full-text documents of conventional and non-conventional literature in all areas of IAEA activities, such as nuclear engineering and technology, safety and security, safeguards and non-proliferation, applications of nuclear and isotope techniques, legal aspects, and more. The INIS Thesaurus, launched in 1971 and maintained in collaboration with Member States, is available online in all IAEA official languages plus German and Japanese. It is continually updated to incorporate new developments of terminologies in nuclear science and technology, serving as a knowledge organisation tool for the INIS repository.

The INIS Secretariat assists Member States in the establishment of national INIS centres and offers capacity building activities such as training seminars, e-learning, international cooperation and the transfer of information management know-how.

IAEA Library

Founded in 1957, the IAEA Library supports research activities by providing a specialized collection of information, both in print and electronic, on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and its applications. Information resources and services are made available to IAEA staff, Member States’ permanent missions in Vienna, and official IAEA meeting participants. Moreover, the library coordinates the International Nuclear Library Network (INLN), a global forum of nuclear libraries and organizations.

Systems Development and Support Group

The Systems Development and Support Group is the technical backbone of the Nuclear Information Section. The Group supports, maintains and manages the INIS and IAEA Library systems and applications, ensuring uninterrupted service. Furthermore, the Group is responsible for the development of innovative technical solutions which empower the efficient operation of those systems.

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