This year marks the 45th anniversary since the creation of INIS. INIS has come a long way since the IAEA Board of Governors approved the International Nuclear Information System in 1969. Officially, INIS started operations in January 1970, but it wasn’t until May 1970 that its first product, the INIS Atomindex, was issued. This date is considered the ‘birth’ of INIS.
This special issue of the Nuclear Information Newsletter is devoted to the first forty-five years of INIS.
INIS was designed as an international cooperative venture, requiring the active participation of its members, who, over the years, compiled a remarkable collection consisting of more than 3.8 million bibliographic records, making it one of the world's largest collections of published information on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. This spirit of international cooperation is reflected in this issue of the Newsletter. Articles written by many INIS Members, as well as former and current INIS Secretariat staff, bring to light some of the known, and hidden, moments in the history of INIS. Put together, these articles shed light on some of those treasured moments that made INIS what it is today.
Many centuries ago Confucius said – “Study the past if you would define the future”. This year we celebrate the past 45 years of INIS, but we also need to think about the future. Reflecting on the past can hopefully provide guidance for the future, benefiting INIS and making it a more efficient and useful source of information for our users tomorrow.
I wish you an enjoyable and inspirational reading!