The International Nuclear Information System (INIS), the world's largest database for nuclear science, is now freely available on the Internet (http://inisdb2.iaea.org), following a successful pilot test involving 10 member states. Although some might be tempted to call this the "proliferation" of nuclear information, that term is normally related to the spread of nuclear weapons or the technology to develop them. The INIS database, according to its editorial policy, covers the peaceful uses of nuclear science. The INIS database began in 1970 in response to the IAEA's mandate to foster the exchange of scientific and technical information on peaceful uses of atomic energy. Currently, INIS membership includes 120 member states and 23 international organizations; its database contains more than 3 million bibliographic records/references and abstracts of journal articles, scientific and technical reports, conference papers, books, patents, theses, laws, regulations, standards, and Web documents, in 63 languages. Changing requirements are being identified in users studies conducted by both the secretariat and the member states.
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