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Thirty-five years of successful international cooperation in nuclear knowledge preservation: the International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

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This paper describes the operations and main activities of the International Nuclear Information System (INIS), which was established 35 years ago as the international mechanism for exchanging information in the fields of peaceful uses of nuclear sciences and technology. It outlines the system's main features, users and products. International cooperation and decentralisation are the distinguishing features of this system. INIS produces, maintains and preserves Member States knowledge in these fields. The system has been instrumental in supporting national nuclear programmes, and thousands of scientists, researchers and universities students are using INIS products to retrieve current and historical nuclear information.

Keywords: computer networks, grey literature, IAEA, International Atomic Energy Agency, information dissemination, nuclear information systems, INIS, international cooperation, nuclear information, nuclear knowledge reservation, technology transfer, nuclear knowledge management, information exchange, nuclear science, nuclear technology, information retrieval

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