News from the International Nuclear Information System
Number 11, June 2011


INIS 2010 Highlights

2010 was an important year for INIS: it marked four decades of INIS operations, from the time the system produced its first products in 1970, when it only had 25 members, to the end of 2010, when participation in INIS reached 124 Member States and 24 international organizations.

In 2010, an additional 133,770 bibliographic records and 11,528 full text documents were prepared and added to the database, enabling INIS to provide on line access to over 3.2 million bibliographic references and 260,000 full-text documents.

The joint INIS/ETDE Thesaurus, Revision 2.3, containing 21.861 valid descriptors and 9.025 forbidden terms was issued in April 2010. During the year, the INIS multilingual Thesaurus was further improved by adding around 900 Arabic, Chinese, German, French and Spanish translations of terms. Also, the December 2010 edition of the Joint INIS/ETDE Subject Categories and Scope Descriptions contain four new subject categories; while 31 others were improved and updated.

Training, assistance and feedback were provided to a number of INIS centres in 2010, improving all aspects of their INIS operation capabilities. In particular, special focus on helping member states to enhance their INIS centres through Capacity Building was given.

Regarding INIS' online presence, a new INIS website was launched in April 2010 and an INIS search widget was created in September to enable third-party websites to link to the INIS Database.

INIS is also very active in the preservation of nuclear information. In 2010, over 2 million pages were digitized in close cooperation with Member States. A number of IAEA digitization projects and initiatives were also supported.

The INIS Atomindex was made available in 2010 to Member States in XML format. Likewise, 702 computer program packages from the OECD/NEA Data Bank were provided to 25 IAEA Member States, 70 codes received from the IAEA Member States were dispatched, and 4 new computer packages were received from IAEA Member States throughout the year.

To learn about trends and the best practices of leading scientific and technical information systems in the world, and in order to streamline INIS information management activities, workflows and technologies while providing a basis for sustaining INIS information management activities to Member States and the IAEA, the INIS secretariat commissioned a special report from Gartner Inc.

Lastly, the 35th Consultative Meeting of INIS Liaison Officers was held from 28 to 29 October 2010 in Vienna. Sixty-eight delegates from 62 members participated. The commitment of INIS Members, the enthusiasm of INIS staff and a forward-looking strategy has positioned INIS well to meet information needs of today and of future generations.


Bruna Lecossois