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

No. 14, June 2013



The first version of the INIS ‘Friendly Inputting of Bibliographic Records’ (FIBRE) application was released in 1991, and made available to INIS centres for input preparation. FIBRE was initially a DOS application used to edit and check text, written in C programming language, and distributed to input centres on 3 and 5 inch diskettes. In 1997, the tool became a Windows application, changing its name to WinFIBRE, and introducing additional visual components written in C++ programming language.

FIBRE+The application has been improved over the last 22 years by adding a spell checker, integrating with INIS authority files, and adding rules to validate a given input field in relation to another one, within the same INIS record. Only minor changes were implemented in the last 10 years, but the development of checking rules for input validation and maintenance of the authority files has continued.

The last release of WinFIBRE in 2012 introduced two new features. A Category Match Value (CMV) check was introduced to indicate the correctness of a descriptor and its level of association to a given category, or how accurately a category corresponds to the indexing. A ‘check for the number of descriptors’ was also added to indicate whether a record is insufficiently indexed or over indexed.

In March 2013, FIBRE+ 1.0 replaced WinFIBRE 3.0.9, maintaining the same functionalities for INIS input preparation, yet adding powerful new features made available to input centres on the IAEA FTP server. FIBRE+ is written mainly in C++ and Perl 5 programming languages, using only standard Windows components. FIBRE+ 1.0 was built, tested and is supported for the 32-bit version of both Windows XP and Windows 7. The application was also tested on 64-bit versions of Windows 7, but full compatibility is not guaranteed.

FIBRE+ 1.0 introduces two new features:

  • Unicode compliance
    New INIS special characters were introduced, growing from an initial 72 to more than 2000, thus allowing the use of Unicode characters. Copy-paste functionality was changed to ease the use of these Unicode characters. An optional preview pane is also available to show INIS special characters as Unicode characters, as well as to interpret ‘subscript’ and ‘superscript’ characters, thus enabling better readability of mathematical expressions, chemical formulas and words with Unicode characters.

  • New ‘Capture/Edit’ dialog
    A new dialog window allows users to edit a single record tag at a time. The editing functions include, among others: the option to change the case of the letters, the creation of superscript/subscript, and the ability to adjust dates.

FIBRE+ provides new scenarios to strengthen cooperation between the INIS Secretariat and input centers. Two additional releases of FIBRE+ are planned by the end of 2013. The new releases will empower input centers, allowing them to directly amend and replace bibliographic records which are already part of the INIS Collection. Furthermore, a massive re-design of checking rules, and the enhanced management of both INIS Temporary Record Numbers (TRNs) and PDF files will take place. New selective input preparation templates will show only those tags which are necessary, according to the type of record selected. These enhanced features will make input preparation easier and less prone to error.

Domenico Pistillo
Group Leader, Systems Development and Support Group