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  • THEINTERNATIONALNUCLEARINFORMATIONSYSTEM(INIS)TheFirstFortyYears

    19702010

    IAEA

    ClaudioTodeschiniOctober2010

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    AKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    The driving force behind the realization of the project that led to the writing of the present report was Anatoli Tolstenkov, who, at the time when the project was started, was Head of the INIS Unit within the INIS and Knowledge Management Section at the International Atomic Energy Agency. I wish to express my appreciation to Anatoli for the enthusiasm and unflinching support he provided during that time until the date when he left the services of the Agency. Continuing support and encouragement was then provided by Seyda Rieder, staff member of the INIS Unit, until the date when she retired from the Agency. To Anatoli, Seyda, Alexander Nevyjel, currently on the staff of the INIS Unit and to Dobrica Savi, current Head of the INIS Unit, I am grateful for providing me with information on INIS activities and statistics, particularly for the few most recent years. I also wish to acknowledge the debt I owe to Yves Turgeon, former staff member of the INIS Section, who, in the early preparatory stages of the project that produced the report, did substantial research work and drew up the outline of the structure that has been given to the report.

    Claudio Todeschini Vienna, March 2010

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    FOREWORD ....................................................................................................................................... 51 HISTORICAL OVERVIEW ....................................................................................................... 7

    1.1 Major Sources of Nuclear Information Prior to INIS ............................................................ 71.1.1 Unites States of America................................................................................................ 71.1.2 U.S.S.R. .......................................................................................................................... 91.1.3 European Countries ........................................................................................................ 9

    1.2 Genesis of INIS ................................................................................................................... 121.2.1 Panel on Scientific and Technical Information, Vienna, 1959-1962 ........................... 121.2.2 US-USSR Consultants on an International Nuclear Information System, 1966.......... 161.2.3 Working Group on International Nuclear Information System, 1966 ......................... 171.2.4 Political misgivings about the establishment of an international nuclear information system 191.2.5 Study groups and panels for development of input arrangements and rules for INIS, 1967 211.2.6 INIS Study Team, Vienna, 4 March 28 June, 1968 .................................................. 221.2.7 Panel on the Preparation of the Final proposal for INIS, Vienna, October 1968 ........ 241.2.8 IAEA Board of Governors, Approval of INIS, 26 February 1969 .............................. 251.2.9 The Mission of INIS .................................................................................................... 261.2.10 Expert Group on INIS Subject Scope, Vienna, May 1969 .......................................... 261.2.11 Contract with EURATOM for the development of a Thesaurus for use by INIS ....... 271.2.12 Preparations for receipt of initial input to INIS; publication of the INIS Reference Series 29

    1.3 INIS Launch and Early Years (1970-1976) ........................................................................ 301.3.1 Symposium on the handling of Nuclear Information, Vienna, February 1970 ........... 311.3.2 Begin of INIS operations; January 1970 ...................................................................... 321.3.3 Panel on Improvements or Alterations in the General Development Pattern of INIS; Vienna, November 1970 ............................................................................................................ 331.3.4 Total revision of the INIS thesaurus; March - September 1971 .................................. 341.3.5 Meetings of the Board of Governors of the IAEA in February 1971, of the Panel on Expansion of the Limited Subject Scope in July 1971 and the Working Group on Thesaurus in November 1971 .......................................................................................................................... 351.3.6 First Meeting of the Advisory Committee for INIS, Vienna, November 1971 ........... 361.3.7 Meeting of the Agencys Board of Governors, March 1972 ....................................... 371.3.8 Developments during 1972 .......................................................................................... 381.3.9 First Consultative Meeting of INIS Liaison Officers, Vienna, November 1972 ......... 391.3.10 Developments during 1973 .......................................................................................... 401.3.11 Developments during 1974 and the International Symposium on Information Systems: Connection and Compatibility ................................................................................................... 411.3.12 Second Meeting of the Advisory Committee for INIS, December 1974 ..................... 421.3.13 Developments during 1975 .......................................................................................... 441.3.14 Developments during 1976 .......................................................................................... 44

    1.4 Systems Maturity (1977-1991) .......................................................................................... 461.4.1 Developments during 1977, 1978 and 1979 ................................................................ 471.4.2 The tenth anniversary year of INIS operations, 1980 .................................................. 501.4.3 Arrangements for membership and relations with the Secretariat; discussions in 1981 and beyond. ................................................................................................................................ 521.4.4 Developments during 1982 and 1983 .......................................................................... 531.4.5 Fourth Advisory Committee and the Definition of Membership Arrangements for INIS 54

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    1.4.6 Developments during 1984 and 1985 .......................................................................... 561.4.7 Development of an Expert System for quality control of the subject analysis of input 591.4.8 Developments during 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989 ...................................................... 591.4.9 Twenty years of INIS operations. The events of 1990 ................................................ 661.4.10 The International Symposium on Information Services .............................................. 671.4.11 Developments during 1991 .......................................................................................... 68

    1.5 The Transition Years (1992-2000) ...................................................................................... 701.5.1 The early 1990s and the new INIS Mission Statement ................................................ 721.5.2 INIS at 25; the year 1995 ............................................................................................. 761.5.3 The late 1990s .............................................................................................................. 781.5.4 The year 2000 and the new arrangements for Membership ......................................... 86

    1.6 Changes in the decentralized nature of INIS and its management (2001-2006) ............. 891.6.1 First contract to acquire INIS records change in input preparation philosophy ....... 891.6.2 INIS Programme Evaluation ........................................................................................ 901.6.3 Rearrangement of the lines of administrative responsibilities for INIS ....................... 931.6.4 Developments during the years 2001-2003 Disappearance of the INIS Section .. 931.6.5 International Conference on Nuclear Knowledge Management .................................. 961.6.6 Developments during the years 2004 and 2005 ........................................................... 971.6.7 The year 2006 and once again a new INIS Mission Statement ................................... 98

    1.7 The recent years (2007 2009) ......................................................................................... 1011.7.1 Developments during 2007 ........................................................................................ 1011.7.2 Developments during 2008 and a momentous decision............................................. 1041.7.3 2009 the 40th year of INIS operations worldwide, free, open, unrestricted access to the INIS Database .................................................................................................................... 108

    1.8 Current Status Closing the Circle ................................................................................... 1111.8.1 Closing the Circle ...................................................................................................... 112

    2 SYSTEM DESCRIPTION OF INIS ........................................................................................ 1142.1 Introduction Mode of Operation..................................................................................... 114

    2.1.1 Principles .................................................................................................................... 1152.1.2 Participation in INIS .................................................................................................. 1152.1.3 Rights and privileges of Mem