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Documentation is any communicable material that is used to describe, explain or instruct regarding some attributes of an object, system or procedure, such as its parts, assembly, installation, maintenance and use. As a form of knowledge management and knowledge organization, documentation can be provided on paper, online, or on digital or analog media, such as audio tape or CDs. Examples are user guides, white papers, online help, and quick-reference guides. Paper or hard-copy documentation has become less common. Documentation is often distributed via websites, software products, and other online applications.

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Organizations relating to Documentation

International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres / Copenhagen, Denmark / Est. 1951
Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers / Liverpool, UK / Est. 1984
Association for Intelligent Information Management / Silver Spring MD, USA / Est. 1945
IBFD / Amsterdam, Netherlands / Est. 1938
Commonwealth Hansard Editors Association / London, UK / Est. 1984
European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations / The Hague, Netherlands / Est. 1992
Consortium for the Maintenance of the Text Encoding Initiative / Arlington MA, USA / Est. 2000
Early English Text Society / Oxford, UK / Est. 1864
Southern African Research and Documentation Centre / Harare, Zimbabwe / Est. 1985
International Association for Sports Information / Belconnen ACT, Australia / Est. 1960
European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1977
International Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage / Athens, Greece / Est. 1969
Ecumenical Documentation and Information Centre in Southern Africa / Est. 1987
South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre / Delhi, India / Est. 1990
East-Central European Documentation Centre on Naturism and Related Subjects / Est. 1987
Association internationale francophone des bibliothécaires et documentalistes / Est. 2001
Centre international de documentation Marguerite Yourcenar / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1989
Centro Internacional de Estudios Superiores de Comunicación para América Latina / Quito, Ecuador / Est. 1959
Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts / Rome, Italy / Est. 1984
European Institute for Health Records / Ghent, Belgium
European Coordination Committee on Human Rights Documentation / Lund, Sweden
Pali Text Society / Bristol, UK / Est. 1881
Centre for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems / Rotterdam, Netherlands / Est. 1952
Centre International de Recherche et de Documentation sur les Traditions et les Langues Africaines / Yaoundé, Cameroon / Est. 1977
Agricultural Libraries Network / Rome, Italy / Est. 1971
European Documentation Centres / Est. 1963
Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1979
Ecole de bibliothécaires, archivistes et documentalistes / Dakar, Senegal / Est. 1963
Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement / Lisbon, Portugal / Est. 1988
Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 2001
Union of International Associations / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1907
Central Europe Center for Research and Documentation / Vienna, Austria
Judaica Europeana / Frankfurt-Main, Germany / Est. 2010
Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation / Amsterdam, Netherlands / Est. 1964
Dokumentations- und Informationszentrum Menschenrechte in Lateinamerika / Nürburg, Germany
Centre international de documentation et d'échanges de la Francophonie - L'Agora francophone internationale / Sainte-Foy QC, Canada / Est. 1984
Centro de Informação e Documentação Amilcar Cabral / Lisbon, Portugal / Est. 1974
Centre for Documentation and Exploration of the International Language / Rotterdam, Netherlands / Est. 1967
International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers / Houston TX, USA / Est. 1971
International Centre for Study and Documentation - Istituto Paolo VI / Concesio, Italy / Est. 1979
Recherches et documentation juridiques africaines / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1995
Centre de recherche et de documentation sur l'Amérique Latine / Paris, France / Est. 1968
International Centre for the Documentation and Research of Basketball, Alcobendas / Alcobendas, Spain
International Records Management Trust / London, UK / Est. 1989
Centre for Peace and Arms Control Studies and Documentation - Archivio Disarmo / Rome, Italy / Est. 1982
Centre for International Documentation on Organized and Economic Crime, Cambridge / Cambridge, UK / Est. 1989
Documentation for Action Groups in Asia / Mongkok, Hong Kong / Est. 1973
Réseau d'information Tiers-Monde des centres de documentation pour le développement / Paris, France / Est. 1985
Institut de documentation et de recherche sur la paix / Villejuif, France
Southern Africa Documentation and Cooperation Centre, Vienna / Vienna, Austria / Est. 1993

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World Problems relating to Documentation

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Calculated delay in publication of documents
Scientific misconduct
Historical misrepresentation
Film and cinema censorship
Deterioration of stored documents and archives
Records destruction by transnational enterprises
Tampering with physical evidence
Inaccessible religious records
Historical forgery
Secrecy of medical facts and records
Destruction of historic documents and public archives
Corruption of documents
Refusal to issue travel documents, passports, visas
Fraudulent acquisition or use of passports
Vulnerability of high technology systems
Foreign currency manipulations in accounting records of transnational corporations
Incorrect information

Action Strategies relating to Documentation

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Reporting United Nations conferences
Producing universal declaration on sustainability
Producing declaration on habitat preservation
Monitoring human rights violations
Developing networked documentation services in social sciences
Documenting world resources
Maintaining library
Researching culture heritage
Studying marine pollution
Providing data base on states of emergency
Documenting population trends
Disseminating information on international organizations
Training information professionals
Disseminating information on remedial strategies
Disseminating information on human values
Recording trade in species
Disseminating information on world problems
Ensuring information system integrity
Documenting plant gene resources
Relating methods of human development
Documenting traditional routes
Translating texts
Researching oral history

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