INIS Collection Search Developments
The INIS Collection Search (ICS) is the gateway to both the INIS Collection and the IAEA Library bibliographic records. The INIS Secretariat continued investing in the development of new ICS features. Since September 2012, two additional versions of the ICS have been released, increasing the amount of information accessible through this web application and improving its usability and efficiency.
The most significant improvement was the integration of the IAEA Meetings on Atomic Energy (MoAE) database. This new feature is the result of successful collaboration with the IAEA Nuclear Knowledge Management Section, which maintains the MoAE database.
For queries performed on the ICS, the three most relevant meetings from the MoAE database will be displayed at the top of the search results page. Users can also access the entire subset of meetings related to the given query, and can further filter the meeting results by either country or meeting type.
In addition to the integration mentioned above, the following enhancements were implemented:
- Improved usability
- Enhanced search results page
The number of results for a given query is now fully accurate, instead of an approximation. Further filtering of results from a given query is now possible by selecting Publication Year and/or INIS Volume, as well as Country and/or Language. Users can see the size of the PDF file, if such a file is associated with the record result.
- Emailing search results
Search results can now be sent to any email address. The results can be customized by selecting:
- Format: plain text or HTML
- Number of results to be shown in the email
- Inclusion of only the search results page URL
- Inclusion of a customized message
- Quick browse and search
By clicking on the ‘Browse’ link, the list of subject categories and the top 10 searches performed on ICS can be quickly browsed. Users may continue by clicking on any of the available links to perform the respective search.
The improvements made to the new ICS are in line with the concept of a simplified, powerful and more efficient ’single access point‘ to different repositories, giving the user a wider information portfolio accessed from a single search. NIS will continue to pursue this path, looking for new opportunities to integrate other repositories available within the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy.
Group Leader, Systems Development and Support Group