ERIC Number: ED259751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Unesco Integrated Documentation Network; Computerized Documentation System (CDS).
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Dept. of Documentation, Libraries, and Archives.
Intended for use by the Computerized Documentation System (CDS), the Unesco version of ISIS (Integrated Set of Information Systems)--originally developed by the International Labour Organization--was developed in 1975 and named CDS/ISIS. This system has a comprehensive collection of programs for input, management, and output, running in batch or online mode. The structure of the file makes it possible to add, modify, or delete whole records or parts of records and keep the database current through the use of search terms and boolean expression. It also enables users to gain access to the master file via any element in the database; to build indexes from descriptors, thesaurus terms, or free text; to specify sorting and printing instructions; and to create a variety of print formats for specialized types of output. Enhanced versions of CDS/ISIS issued in 1983 and 1984 include a number of new state-of-the-art features. The 47 databases within the Unesco Secretariat that are run by CDS/ISIS cover a wide range of applications, including the processing, storage, and retrieval of non-bibliographic data. Since 1977, the system has been distributed to over 100 national institutions or international organizations having the required hardware and software. Major uses by Unesco include the maintenance of Unesco Bibliographic Data Base (UNESBIB), updating the Unesco Thesaurus, and technical support for the Integrated Documentation Network. Unesco also has a version of CDS/ISIS adapted to run on micro and minicomputers. Written in PASCAL, the first release of this version runs on DEC PDP 11 compatible equipment under the operating system RCX11-M and IBM PC under DOS. A second version for the UNIX operating system is foreseen, and work is being undertaken to establish software for processing non-Roman characters, e.g., Russian and Arabic. (BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Dept. of Documentation, Libraries, and Archives.