International Federation for Information and Documentation (FID)

Fédération internationale d'information et de documentation

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1895-09-02 Brussels Belgium


2 Sep 1895, Brussels (Belgium), as International Institute of Bibliography -- Institut international de bibliographie (IIB), by Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine, co-founders of Central Office of International Associations -- Office central des institutions internationales, currently F-XF3352 - Union of International Associations (UIA), with which activities were closely associated. Name changed to International Institute of Documentation -- Institut international de documentation, 1931. Became a federation with name International Federation for Documentation -- Fédération internationale de documentation in 1938. Last title adopted Sep 1986, Montréal (Canada). Statutes revised: 1966; 1971; 1976; 1990. Legal status: 29 Aug 1959, in accordance with Belgian Law. Ceased activities due to lack of finance; continues to exist formally as a legal entity.


Through international cooperation, promote research in and development of information science, information management and documentation, including organization, storage, retrieval, repackaging, dissemination, value adding to information and evaluation of information, however recorded, in the fields of science, technology, industry, social sciences, arts and humanities; provide a world forum for exchange of ideas and experience and an opportunity for organizations and individuals concerned with problems of information science, information management and documentation to coordinate their efforts at an international level; contribute to development and setting up of international networks of information systems; promote and coordinate research and training in information science; encourage establishment of information analysis centres and documentation centres; establish guiding principles and organize exchange of information for member organizations; focus on development of the modern information professional and user of information; promote the study, organization and practice of all branches of documentation.


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General Assembly (every 2 years). Council, consisting of President, 3 Vice-Presidents, Treasurer, 12 Councillors and, ex-officio, Executive Director. Executive Committee comprises the Officers and Executive Director. General Secretariat. As of 1907, included H-XH2153 - International Institute of Photography.


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GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



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