ERIC Number: ED351039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Review of the General Information Programme, 1977-1987. A Compilation of Information on Its Characteristics, Activities and Accomplishments.
Roberts, Kenneth H.
This booklet covers the development of Unesco's General Information Program (PGI), which was created in 1977 to insure a coherent development of Unesco's work in the areas of scientific and technological information, documentation, libraries, and archives. A description of the history of the organization and its predecessors, the structure of the program, and methods of execution opens the report and is followed by a review of the organization's major results and achievements. The first area of accomplishment, presented under the heading, "Improvement of Access to Information: Modern Technologies, Standardization, and Interconnection of Information Systems," provides information in the following areas: (1) the development of tools for the processing and transfer of information, such as standards for information transfer, bibliographic control, and a system for the registration of serial publications; (2) the development and use of data bases through the application of modern technologies and normative tools; and (3) the exchange and flow of information through regional and international cooperation among member states and with the organizations of the United Nations system. The second area of accomplishment is described under the heading, "Infrastructures, Policies and Training Required for the Processing and Dissemination of Information." It contains information about the development of national information policies and infrastructures and the training of information personnel and users. Also included are brief descriptions of the organization's operational activities; human and financial resources; relationship of the program with other international agencies; results of evaluation efforts undertaken; and difficulties and shortfalls encountered. (KRN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). General Information Programme.