Arab League Documentation and Information Centre (ALDOC)

Centre de documentation et d'information de la Ligue des Etats arabes

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History

1980, Tunis (Tunisia), as a Regional Information System and Data-Bank of the League of Arab States (LAS) following adoption of a resolution in 1978, and reiteration of this decision, 1980, following new studies. So as to use the latest technology and the best international expertise available, the Arab League sought and obtained assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The ALDOC project, based on a 5-year plan, was signed at a Tripartite meeting of the Arab League, UNDP and UNESCO (as the executing agency) in 1980. Initial studies and establishment activities began in 1981, and the project started in 1982. Transferred, 1991, to Egypt, following adoption, 1990, of LAS resolutions 4983 and 5043. ALDOC is the Coordinating Centre for the Arab Information System Network (ARIS-NET). Ceased to exist.

Aims

'Long Range Objectives': Provide information support to LAS and its organizations; develop a regional centre for documents, data and information in fields relevant to the Arab region, especially political, economic, social and security developments; represent and promote thoughts, aspirations and movement towards Arab unity and the integrated development of the Arab nation, making reference, referral and on-line services available to Arab countries; promote unified Arab action and foster cooperation and coordination among Arab information and documentation centres; in harmony with international and regional information systems and agencies, develop information infrastructure and maximize information transfer capability in the region. 'Current Main Functions': Sift, select, collect, process, store, retrieve and disseminate the latest world information relevant to political, economic, social and security developments of the Arab region; create a data-bank of bibliographic, statistical and other non-bibliographic information of vital interest to the Arab region from Arab and international sources, providing on-line and off-line services; collect, process and create a data-base of documents and data of the Arab League and its specialized organizations, and of the Arab countries; make these services available to contributing organizations and countries; promote development of ARIS-NET and other Arab information networks, at local, national and regional levels, to facilitate communication and exchange of data and information among Arab countries and international information networks; create a dynamic information system using the latest techniques and technology; provide guidelines, standards and training to enhance the technical capability of the information cadre in ALDOC in particular and the Arab region in general.

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Activities

Services already developed, and those in the process of development: 'Reference Library' includes: documents of the Arab League and its specialized agencies, Arab countries, and UN Documents on Arab issues, with computer indexes; microfilms and micro-fiches of important periodicals and newspapers, and of resolutions of UN General Assembly, Security Council and ECOSOC from the year 1947. 'Reading Room' of Arab and international periodicals; provides abstracting and indexing services on Arab and Middle Eastern affairs and a computer produced list of periodicals. 'Press-Clippings Service' from Arab and international newspapers and news services relating to Arab problems and issues. 'Enquiry Service' providing information based on ALDOC documents and data-bases and international n-line access services to international data bases via terminal located in the library, connected through Transpac, Tymnet, and Telendt telecommunication networks to International Data Base Services of DIALOG (USA) and IRS of European Space Agency. 'Current Awareness Services' including: bi-monthly received; bi-monthly Current Contents Bulletin of new periodicals received; computer produced quarterly; ARIS-Net Newsletter issued monthly; retrospective searches; computer service is already operational. 'Bibliographic data-base' of documents in the ALDOC system. 'Serials data-base' of about 1,750 Arabic, English and French serials. 'Thesaurus data-base' of English-Arabic glossary of 10,000 terms Arabized by ALDOC. 'Thesaurus inventory' of bibliographic references of thesauri internationally available for subject fields of interest to the Arab countries. 'Statistical data-base' relating to trade among Arab countries, industrial production, and Arab population.

'Non-bibliographic data-bases' being established include: (a) Data-base for the Arab League Secretary; (b) Meetings and conferences of the LAS and those in which LAS participated, from 1979 onwards; (c) Situational data-base, based on press-clippings on issues of concern to the Arab League; (d) Personalities of relevance of Arab issues; (e) 'Arab and international experts and consultants'; (f) 'Institutions and associations' relevant to Arab countries; (g) 'Arab country profiles' with basic and up-to-date data; (h) 'Financial and personnel' internal to Arab League. Several computer system data-bases to facilitate management of Arab League and ALDOC are being planned and implemented. 'Microfilm services'; 'Publication services' editing and publication of newsletters, periodicals, current awareness services, bibliographies, manuals, indexes and other information guides based on ALDOC work and activities. 'Copying services' based on user request. 'Fostering Arab and international relations' through organizing meetings, seminars and conferences on information systems and data-banks. Responsible for 'Arab League Library', Cairo (Egypt), with 21,380 volumes in Arabic and non-Arabic languages (total collection more than 65,000 volumes). Instrumental in setting up Arab Information System Network (ARISNET).

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Members in 22 countries
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Subjects *

  • Information
    • Documentation
    • Data, Codes
    • Reference

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality Education

UIA Org ID

E0180

Last News Received

2003
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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