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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

Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers / Liverpool, UK / Est. 1984
Association for Intelligent Information Management / Silver Spring MD, USA / Est. 1945
European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations / The Hague, Netherlands / Est. 1992
European Society for Textual Scholarship / Borås, Sweden / Est. 2001
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
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
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
Arolsen Archives - International Center on Nazi Persecution / Bad Arolsen, Germany / Est. 1943
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
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
Centro de Referencia Cientifica y Tecnológica para América Latina y el Caribe / Miami FL, USA
Information and Documentation Centre on the Council of Europe / Prague, Czech Rep / Est. 1992
Centre for International Information and Documentation, Barcelona / Barcelona, Spain / Est. 1973
Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient für Gegenwartsbezogene Forschung und Dokumentation / Mainz, Germany / Est. 1994
Centre de documentation Tiers-monde de Paris / Paris, France / Est. 1980
International Research and Documentation Centre for War Crimes Trials / Marburg, Germany / Est. 2000

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World Problems relating to Documentation

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Historical misrepresentation
Destruction of historic documents and public archives
Inaccessible religious records
Vulnerability of high technology systems
Film and cinema censorship
Historical forgery
Incorrect information
Foreign currency manipulations in accounting records of transnational corporations
Fraudulent acquisition or use of passports
Corruption of documents
Secrecy of medical facts and records
Records destruction by transnational enterprises
Deterioration of stored documents and archives

Action Strategies relating to Documentation

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Documenting occupational hazards
Documenting conflict
Monitoring human rights violations
Networking information centres
Maintaining agricultural genetics database
Disseminating information on remedial strategies
Withholding records
Documenting population trends
Investigating war crimes
Expanding electronic libraries
Maintaining database on plant genetic resources
Managing patent documentation
Documenting human development
Preserving public archives
Producing universal declaration on sustainability
Developing networked documentation services in social sciences
Exchanging scientific knowledge
Translating texts
Keeping needed financial records
Recording cultural information
Documenting hazards to human health
Maintaining library
Documenting torture
Producing declaration on habitat preservation

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