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

No. 14, June 2013


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.

INIS Collection Search

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
    The capability of the ICS to work with new software technologies and with more restrictive browsers, such as those not supporting JavaScript, has been increased. Bibliographic records saved in users’ workspace can be translated into all official IAEA languages as well as in German and Japanese. Citations can be manually downloaded in Research Information Systems (RIS) format, making them compatible with other databases that support this format. Selected search results can now be exported directly to either RefWorks or EndNote databases, allowing the user to manage search results from the INIS database outside of the ICS web application.

  • 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.

Domenico Pistillo
Group Leader, Systems Development and Support Group