Argentina: Brief Overview of Argentina’s INIS Activities
Argentina works in close collaboration with the IAEA on its technical cooperation program, both on national projects within their national program plan, including its thematic areas, as well as on regional projects through the ARCAL agreement. In the field of horizontal cooperation, Argentina engages in technology transfer, training fellows and receiving scientific visits.
Argentina has been a member of the International Nuclear Information System (INIS) since 1970, and was among the first IAEA Member States to agree to participate in the system. As a member, we have been involved in the various activities carried out by the IAEA, disseminating the research and development of our researchers and scientists in nuclear and related subjects and promoting INIS activities.
The National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) is the INIS National Center. Contributions to the INIS database nationwide are made through the CNEA's Information Centers: Eduardo Savino Information Center (CIES, Constituyentes Atomic Center), Leo Falicov Library (Bariloche Atomic Center) and the Library of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ARN).
From 1970 up to 2014, Argentina provided more than 6000 documents to the INIS Collection (see Table 1).
Thanks to the close ties achieved throughout the years, we have been able to participate in the following networks (regional and international) in the nuclear field, which has enabled the exchange of information:
RRIAN (Regional Information Network in the Nuclear Area) is based on the RRIAN Network, RLA/0/017–ARCAL XLII (1999–2000) for Latin America and the Caribbean. This project was approved by the National Coordinators of ARCAL in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (May 1998) and its first Project Coordinators Meeting was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina (April 1999). The main objective of this project was to promote regional cooperation of nuclear information with Latin-American and Caribbean INIS Centers and to expand the availability of nuclear information in the region by sharing resources electronically. Although it was designed for a biennium, it has continued to this day. Participating countries are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela; INLN–IAEA (International Nuclear Library Network) is a global nuclear knowledge management initiative aiming to strengthen international cooperation. (http://www.iaea.org/nuclearenergy/library-inln/);
LANENT’s (Latin American Network for Education in Nuclear Technology) mission is to promote, preserve and disseminate education and nuclear training, and promote knowledge management in the nuclear area in Latin America and the Caribbean. (http://www.lanentweb.org/es).
Table 1 Comparative table of the inputs with the other countries of the region (1996-2014)
In relation to training, it should be noted that at the request of our government, the Second Regional Training Seminar of the Working Group on Thesaurus was held in Buenos Aires, November/December 1971 and attended by a large number of participants from the INIS centers in Latin America. This seminar promoted activities relating to nuclear information throughout the continent.
On numerous occasions, the staff of our INIS Centers have participated in the invaluable trainings sponsored by the IAEA, as well as by the ARCAL XLII Project, held in Austria, Cuba, India, Paraguay, and the former USSR, amongst others. These trainings have enabled the acquisition of knowledge needed to review national nuclear literature and to prepare input to the INIS database.
The training course, INIS Human Resources: Collective Training on the Work for Developing Member States Participating in INIS, organized by the IAEA and held in Moscow, USSR in 1989, was our first experience with the testing phase of the Friendly Input of Bibliographic Records (FIBRE) software, distributed in 1991.
Many technical developments could be highlighted but I will refer briefly to only some of them in relation to database input preparation, as well as to searching:
Todeschini, Claudio: The International Nuclear Information System (INIS): The First forty years 1970-2010. IAEA, Oct. 2010.