News from the Nuclear Information Section
International Nuclear Information System (INIS)  &  IAEA Library

No. 13, September 2012


INIS Collection and Activities

The International Nuclear Information System (INIS) was established in 1969 by the IAEA, in collaboration with interested Member States and international organizations. The main objective of INIS is to provide access to information on scientific literature on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology published worldwide. INIS operates under special membership arrangements that set specific duties and privileges. Currently 128 Member States and 24 international organizations are members of INIS.

The role of INIS, the world's largest custodian of published information in the field of nuclear science and technology, is to collect and process bibliographic metadata and electronic texts of nuclear literature published in IAEA Member States, electronically preserve non-conventional or 'grey' literature, such as IAEA documents, policy reports and full text publications from Member States, and to make the INIS Collection of publications freely available to Internet users.

By the end of July 2012, 68 645 bibliographic records were added to the INIS Collection, bringing the total records available to the public to 3 436 096. An additional 21 755 full text documents were prepared and uploaded, for a total of 461 069 full-text documents available in the Collection, of which 311 962 are publicly accessible. This collection of documents on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology is now fully indexed and searchable online using Google-based technology. Over 50 000 searches and 4000 downloads were performed monthly.

With the completion of the Japanese version of the Joint INIS/ETDE Thesaurus, the multilingual Thesaurus is now available in eight languages: the six official languages of the IAEA, namely Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish, as well as German and Japanese. It represents a unique multilingual thesaurus in the nuclear field, and serves as a major tool for indexing and describing nuclear information and knowledge in a structured form, assisting in multilingual and semantic searches of the INIS Collection.

Provision of assistance to the national INIS centres to facilitate their active participation in INIS has continued during 2012. The national INIS centre of Georgia was provided with a set of equipment to facilitate their contribution to the INIS Collection and the provision of information services to users. This assistance included an expert assist visit which gave on the job training on all aspects of INIS input preparation and products utilization. The national INIS centre of Egypt hosted training for two fellows from the INIS centre of Yemen, covering all aspects of INIS input preparation, utilization of INIS products and INIS promotion and outreach. The national INIS centre of Belarus hosted one fellow from Croatia and covered all aspects of input preparation and products utilization.

Taghird Atieh
Head, INIS