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

No. 14, June 2013


INIS Collection and Activities

The International Nuclear Information System (INIS) was established in 1969 by the International Atomic Energy Agency (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 energy 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.

INIS Collection Input

With the completion of the 2012 production, a total of 130 999 records were added this year. This brings the number of records in the INIS Collection to 3 494 544. This figure made 2012 the second highest year for total annual input in 43 years of INIS. The number of records input into the INIS Collection has steadily increased over the past years, more than double the number of annual entries since 2000. An additional 34 580 full texts (24 742 from microfiche and 9838 from Volume 43) were prepared and uploaded, bringing the total of full text documents available in the collection to 469 271, of which 314 729 are publicly accessible. Several INIS members sent INIS input for the first time, some after many years of no input.

This remarkable achievement is a direct result of each participating INIS Member’s contribution throughout the past 43 years.

INIS Collection Annual Input

Over 90 000 IAEA Library bibliographic records were added to the INIS Collection in 2012. This enables a simplified and more efficient single access point to both the INIS and IAEA Library collections.

During the first five months of 2013, a total of 57 274 INIS records were added to the INIS Collection, for a total of 3 551 693 records which are publicly available to the public. During the same period, an additional 6150 full text documents were prepared and uploaded, bringing the total of full text documents available in the Collection to 475 421, of which 317 067 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.

The 36th Consultative Meeting of the INIS Liaison Officers, Vienna, Austria 4–5 October, 2012

The 36th Consultative Meeting of the INIS Liaison Officers (ILOM), held in Vienna from 4–5 October, 2012, was attended by representatives from 47 Member States and 5 international organizations. The opening address was given by Mr. Bychkov, Deputy Director General of the Department of Nuclear Energy. The meeting reviewed INIS activities since the 35th ILOM, held in 2010, the use and effectiveness of INIS, and its future. Presentations were delivered by INIS Liaison Officers and speakers from Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Syria, and the USA, providing valuable information on many aspects of their INIS operations and suggesting further developments. The important role of national INIS centres in preserving literature on major nuclear accidents was stressed, as was the need to provide access to other types and formats of nuclear information. The agreed recommendations and the presentations are available at the ILOM website.

The positive feedback received during and after the meeting confirms that this event was very informative and useful to the participants.

ILO Meeting Participants

Cooperation between INIS Members and the INIS Secretariat

  • With the completion of the Japanese version of the Joint INIS/ETDE Thesaurus, the multilingual Thesaurus is now available in eight languages; Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
  • In close cooperation with the national INIS centre of the USA, the INIS Secretariat completed coverage of the main missing US NCL documents related to TMI, which are now available to users worldwide through the INIS Collection on the web.
  • The ILO of the Czech Republic prepared a ’Basic Guide to the On-line INIS Collection Search‘ which was published in Bezpecnost Jaderne Energie 21(59), 2013, No. 1-2, p. 9-16, in Czech, and which he also translated into English. The Guide is available at:

The INIS Secretariat encourages all national INIS centres to share their various promotional and other activities with the INIS community by sending them to the INIS Secretariat.

Capacity Building

Provision of assistance to the national INIS centres continued in order to facilitate their active participation in INIS. The national INIS centre of Georgia was provided with a set of equipment to facilitate their INIS related activities. This assistance included an expert assist visit which provided on the job training on all aspects of INIS operations. The INIS centre of Egypt hosted training for two fellows from the INIS centre of Yemen. The national INIS centre of Belarus hosted one fellow from Croatia, providing training on all aspects of input preparation and products utilization.

Promotion and Outreach

The INIS Secretariat gave a presentation on INIS and its main products and services, highlighting the main benefits to INIS Member States, at the Technical Meeting on Topical Issues of Infrastructure Development: Nuclear Power Project Development in Emerging Nuclear Power States, held in Vienna, Austria, 11–14 February, 2013. The briefing was well received by approximately 100 participants.

INIS at the Infrastructure Development Technical Meeting

INIS Liaison Officers were provided with assistance to promote INIS within their national boundaries, and promotional materials were sent in support of such activities. The INIS Secretariat provided the ILOs with information on relevant meetings and conferences taking place in their countries encouraging possible contacts and promotion, as well as the inclusion of relevant literature input into the INIS Collection.

Taghrid Atieh
Head, INIS Unit