International Federation for Information and Documentation (FID)

Fédération internationale d'information et de documentation

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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 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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Major issues: new trends in information management and service; information in the corporate environment; business, finance and industrial information; information policy research; application of information technology to information services; information services management; information science; marketing of information systems and services.

Functions and activities include:

 • Education and Training - Professionalization and adjustment of information professionals to new and innovative access, management and processing of information; emphasizes increased cooperation and coordination in education and training at national, regional and international levels among professional associations and teaching institutions, including the setting up, 1979, Baltimore MD (USA), of FID International Clearinghouse for Information Education and Training, based in Sydney (Australia).

 • Conferences and Seminars - Major scientific conference every 2 years; conferences, seminars and workshops targeted at a small audience and on specific topics.

 • Publications.

 • Projects - Specific projects undertaken by committees, special interest groups or individuals.

 • Maintenance of Personal Networks.

 • Consultancy Services.

Regional Commissions (6):

 • Commission for Latin America (FID/CLA);

 • Commission for Asia and Oceania (FID/CAO);

 • Commission for Western, Eastern and Southern Africa (FID/CAF);

 • Commission for North Africa and Near East, currently Regional Organization for North Africa and Near East (FID NANE);

 • Commission for Europe (FID/ROE);

 • Commission for the Caribbean and North America (FID/CNA).


 • Classification Research (FID/CR);

 • Education and Training (FID/ET);

 • Fundamental Theory of Information (FID/FT);

 • Information for Industry (FID/II) - international professional forum for gathering, evaluating and exchanging ideas, methods, and means to identify needs of end-users in industry;

 • Information Policies and Programmes (FID/IP);

 • Intellectual Property Issues (FID/IPI) - particularly copyright, patents, trademarks, industrial designs and standards.

Special Interest Groups:

 • Archives and Records Management (FID/ARM);

 • Banking, Finance and Insurance Information (FID/BFI);

 • Business Intelligence (FID/BI);

 • Roles and Careers for the Modern Information Professional (FID/MIP);

 • Safety Control and Risk Management (FID/SCRM);

 • Environmental Information (FID/EI).


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Ros A); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Operational Relations); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (Liaison Status); International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 101 countries
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Professions
  • Information
    • Documentation
    • Information
    • Reference
  • Communication
    • Promotion
  • Management
    • Management
  • Informatics, Classification
    • Informatics
  • Cybernetics
    • Systems

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

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



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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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