Summary of World System Data Banks
International Organizations and the Generation of the Will to Change
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Appendix IV of: International Organizations and the Generation of the Will to Change (UAI Study Papers INF/5)
1. United Nations
2. UNITAR Possesses computer coded one-off collection of information on the effects of UN action over a period as registered by the Press around the world.
3. UNRISD. Computer data bank of statistics on the social aspects of development. No organization data.
4. OECD. Development center provides information in various areas of economic development by means of bibliographic references, books and documents. This documentary material includes studies, statistical data, names/addresses of institutions and experts specializing in particular areas of development (economic), information on development problem conferences. Attempt made to standardize with UN Agencies. Works through chain of national documentation centers. Only available to public and semipublic bodies.
5. European Communities. ESCS and EURATOlI use computers for library work.
6. Council of Europe. International relations library.
7. International Council of Scientific Unions. Does not have central information service other than through newsletters. Coordinates activities of specialized independent services and international unions each with its own newsletter service. Some have bibliographies.
8. Committee on Data for Science and Technology. Concerned with formats for the exchange of scientific data at computer level.
9. ICSU-UNESCO (UNISIST) World-wide Science Information System. Feasibility study underway for handling documents and bibliographic materials internationally.
10. Council for International Organisations of Medical Sciences. No regular bibliographic service. Calendar of medical meetings.
11. Dimensionality of Nations Project (social Science Research Institute, University of Hawaii). Computer data bank of coded characteristics of nations as an aid to research on socio-economic, political, cultural and geographical variations. No non-statistical data.
12. International Peace Research Institute (Oslo). Coded data on international organizations based partly on information in Yearbook of International Organizations. No National organization information. No addresses. Used entirely for research.
13. International Council of Voluntary Agencies. Name/address and activity information on some 2,300 nongovernmental (primarily national) agencies active in the field of international development aid. Information made available in News Bulletin. Considering formation of a development information clearing house in this field.
14. Union of International Associations. Publishes Yearbook of International Organizations covering all fields of human activity. Will produce forthcoming edition via computer and use the resultant data bank for research, production of specialized directories, mailings, etc. Data base will be extended to include national organizations, meetings, projects, etc. Also departments within complex organizations. Entities on file will not be treated as isolated. Links between them will be coded to facilitate a network approach to research on the world system of organizations and their relationship to problem areas. Investigations are being made into the display of such networks on television-type screens to facilitate comprehension. This will be used to analyze information flows, communication and coordination gaps and structural weaknesses in the organizational system.
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