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1 SHS/EO/CIP/DC Mimouna AbderrahmaneUNESCO, June SHS DOCUMENTATION AND INFORMATION SERVICE Past, Present and Future

2 SHS/EO/CIP/DC Mimouna AbderrahmaneUNESCO, June CONTENTS Historical background Our Mission What you will find at the Documentation Centre What we DO Future

3 SHS/EO/CIP/DC Mimouna AbderrahmaneUNESCO, June Historical background (1/2) 1952: Unesco Social Science Clearing House 1955: Publication of Reports and Studies in the Social Sciences ( : 65 issues) 1961: Social Science Documentation Centre 1974: Creation of the DARE Databank 1984: Social and Human Sciences Documentation Centre 1995: MOST clearing house becomes part of the Documentation centre.

4 SHS/EO/CIP/DC Mimouna AbderrahmaneUNESCO, June Historical background (2/2) 17 May 1999: Redefinition of the Sector's missions in terms of social and human sciences information and documentation is kept pending until external evaluation is done. July 2001: Evaluation of UNESCO’s Information services in social and human sciences conducted by an outside consultant. Conclusions are being analyzed for action.

5 SHS/EO/CIP/DC Mimouna AbderrahmaneUNESCO, June OUR MISSION  Provides reference and information services, including online searches, to SHS Sector, as well as to the Organization as a whole and to the general public.  Develops social science information tools to disseminate information in social sciences.

6 SHS/EO/CIP/DC Mimouna AbderrahmaneUNESCO, June What you will find at the Documentation Centre UNESCO and SHS publications in social sciences (books and documents): - copy of every document or publication in every language published by the Sector since its creation The International Social Science Journal - full set of the Sector’s quarterly journal since it was first published Reference collections (atlases, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, yearbooks...)

7 SHS/EO/CIP/DC Mimouna AbderrahmaneUNESCO, June You will also find UNESCO Official Documents - Executive board and General conference documents… SHS meetings - Full collection of every conference organized by the Sector since its creation Access to our reference and searchable database on Mission reports

8 SHS/EO/CIP/DC Mimouna AbderrahmaneUNESCO, June What we DO  Daily manage all information received at the Documentation centre.  Answer inside and outside requests in social and human sciences (bibliographic and biographical searches of information).  Provide documents.  Create and update databases and computer-based products.

9 SHS/EO/CIP/DC Mimouna AbderrahmaneUNESCO, June DATABASES Dare data bank was created in 1974 and is constantly updated since then. It comprises 4 sets of referral data: –social science research and advanced training institutions (5,000 records) –social science periodicals (5,000 records) –social science specialists (500 records) –social science information and documentation services (1,370 records)

10 SHS/EO/CIP/DC Mimouna AbderrahmaneUNESCO, June THEMATIC SUBSETS We develop thematic database subsets related to the Sector’s priority areas (on Internet). Human Rights Database * * Migration Database * * Peace Database * * Poverty Database * * We also provide help and expertise to database projects implemented within the SHS sector (see Bioethics database * on the web).*

11 SHS/EO/CIP/DC Mimouna AbderrahmaneUNESCO, June PUBLICATIONS (1/2) World Social Science Information Directories World Directory of Human Rights Research and Training Institutions, 2001 World Directory of Peace Research and Training Institutions, 2000 Selective Inventory of Social Science Information and Documentation Services, 1998

12 SHS/EO/CIP/DC Mimouna AbderrahmaneUNESCO, June PUBLICATIONS (2/2) Directories of Social Science Institutions in Southeast Asia, 1998 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1996 in the Arab Region, 1996 in Africa South of the Sahara, 1995 in Central and Eastern Europe, 1995

13 SHS/EO/CIP/DC Mimouna AbderrahmaneUNESCO, June Other online products developed lately  Social science online periodicals * Online access to the full text of over 360 scientific periodicals in the social sciences.*  Social and human science sector list of recent publications * Once a year, list of all books, documents, online publications, and videos/cd-rom issued by SHS.*  Selected bibliographies in social sciences * Most SHS priority areas are covered: bioethics, democracy, development, future studies, human rights, migration, racial discrimination, peace, philosophy, poverty, urban development, violence, women and gender, globalisation.*

14 SHS/EO/CIP/DC Mimouna AbderrahmaneUNESCO, June PLANNED PUBLICATIONS  Directory of social science institutions in Africa South of the Sahara (2nd ed., 2003).  Information note 2003 (Social and human science sector list of publications).  World directory of human rights research and training institutions (6th ed., 2003).

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