News from the International Nuclear Information System
Number 9, June 2010
ISSN 1819-9186


Democratization of Scientific and Technical Information

The democratization of many social activities, which happens around us daily, has not made a significant impact on the world of STI. This is particularly evident in the traditional ways and forms of creating, distributing, accessing, and using information. STI is still operating in an old paradigm. Free, uninhibited access to STI and to the results of scientific research and technological advancements are necessary for the world to overcome current challenges and problems. Many issues like poverty, starvation and pandemics can be addressed by and can benefit from the democratization of STI.

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Visibility on the Web

Having the INIS Database on the web does not mean that it is visible to potential end users. We need to dramatically increase INIS visibility, by pursuing different approaches both offline and online, to ensure that the wealth of information contained in INIS is known to potential users. One of the less expensive and most recommended ways is through inbound links from other web sites.

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Better understanding INIS Members' promotional needs

Understanding the environment it operates in and the customers or partners that it interacts with is essential for any organisation. This is especially important for an information system like INIS, built on international collaboration with more than 145 members.

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Upcoming meeting

Upcoming meeting35th Consultative Meeting of INIS Liaison Officers

The 35th Consultative Meeting of INIS Liaison Officers will be held on 28-29 October 2010, at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The meeting will mark the 40th Anniversary of INIS, review current status of database input, production and use, as well as discuss further developments and the future of INIS. It is expected that over 50 countries and international organizations will participate in this event marking the 40 years of existence of INIS and its contribution to the peaceful use of nuclear information in science and technology.
Photo: Early ILO Meeting