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History of FIV - The German Information Network International Relations and Area Studies

1978

The Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik – German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the Federal Institute for Russian, East European and International Studies, Cologne (BIOst) agree to cooperate on the development of the SWP’s database. This was the beginning of the FIV, to which twelve German research institutes now belong.


1984

The German Federal Ministry for Research and Technology finances a three-year project to merge the separate databases of the SWP and the German Overseas Institute, Hamburg (DÜI).


1986

The decision is made at a meeting in the Federal Chancellory, attended by representatives of seven federal ministries, to continue the development of the FIV and provide the financial means to enable further institutes to participate.


1987

The Federal Foreign Office takes over the continuous financing of the FIV as an ongoing project.

 

1992

Public access to the database under the name “World Affairs Online” (WAO) via the host European Space Agency (this service is no longer available)

Start of European cooperation in what was later to become the European Information Network on International Relations and Area Studies (EINIRAS).

 

1995

Public access to World Affairs Online (WAO) via the GBI’s wiso-database packet

 

1996

The Federal Ministry of Research and the Federal Chancellory finance a review of FIV organisation and management by the management consultancy firm Arthur Andersen. The outcome is positive for the Network and also for its planned European expansion.

 

1998

Statute passed which establishes the FIV’s organisational structure with executive committee, chairperson and annual general meeting of members. The SWP is named as coordinating Institute. The FIV remains an unincorporated organisation.

 

2000

SWP moves from Ebenhausen/Isar to Berlin and merges with the Federal Institute for Russian, East European and International Studies, Cologne (BIOst) and the Südost-Institut, Munich’s contemporary affairs section (today's Institute for East and South East European Studies, Regensburg).

Previous project financing is replaced by an annual grant from the Federal Chancellory, anchored in the SWP’s budget.

The EINIRAS Database Network (EDN), a publicly accessible database of journal articles in which eight European databases (WAO, COE, SIPRI, RIIA, FIIA, CIDOP, UMV, FNSP) participate, is installed on the Council of Europe’s server.


2002

With financial aid from the DFG (German Research Foundation), access to the database becomes available through the Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue (KVK). The database forms part of the IBLK-Meta-catalogue, together with the OPACs of the German union catalogues.

 

2003

Several DÜI member institutes utilise the IBLK database to participate in the establishment of virtual libraries (Menalib, Cibera).

 

2004

The database switches to the multilingual European Thesaurus International Relations and Area Studies, a project developed in cooperation with EINIRAS members.

FIV starts providing direct public access URL links to subject relevant publications.

 

2005

FIV founder and long-standing spokesman Dietrich Seydel is succeeded by Michael Kluck, who takes over as spokesman and head of information services at SWP.

 

2006

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) - German Development Institute (Bonn) joins the FIV as 12th member institute.

The German Overseas Institute (DI) is renamed to GIGA - German Institute of Global and Area Studies. Leibniz Institute for Global and Regional Studies.

After a long period of cooperation, the Danish Nordic Institute of Asian Studies with headquarters in Copenhagen becomes associate member of FIV. This cooperation ends in 2008 as a result of changed priorities in NIAS.

 

2007

The European Thesaurus on International relations and Area Studies, a co-production resulting from the cooperation of European partner institutes in the framework of EINIRAS, is now available in a multilingual printed version.

Current bibliographic references from subject relevant journals can now be researched in the recently presented Current Contents Service for International Relations and Area Studies. This service is part of the GBV product Online Contents Special Subject Collections (OLC-SSG).

 

2008

IREON - The subject gateway for International Relations and Area Studies Online starts as a new, freely accessible gateway of FIV. IREON makes possible a simultaneous, parallel search of bibliographic references in WAO - World Affairs Online as well as in further subject databases.

The European Thesaurus on International Relations and Area Studies, now in nine languages, is integrated in IREON and can be used online for literature research.

In addition, IREON is accessible through the German science gateway vascoda.

 

2009

FIV member institutes contribute with selected parts of the database WAO - World Affairs Online to a number of virtual subject gateways, such as Cibera, CrossAsia, ilissAfrica, MENALIB, vifanord, VifaPol, and Vifarom.

 


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New: Cooperation with the German Library networks

WAO is now part of the catalogues of the German Library networks. You can now find all journal articles, chapters of books, online papers and monographs from WAO


IREON relaunch, now with ECONIS data

IREON – the International Relations and Area Studies Gateway has a new technical platform and now includes additional collections on economic policy.

New databases are:

  • ECONIS – the ZBW (German National Library of Economic) database
  • SCIENCES PO – a selection from the Sciences Po, Paris journal articles database (closed catalogue)

The new IREON continues to provide bibliographic references (including full-text documents were possible) from:

  • WAO – World Affairs Online
  • WAO – Treaties, including selected treaties on international security policy and UN Security Resolutions
  • LITDOK – the database of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), with a focus on development policy
  • FES – the library catalogue of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, specializing in political and social topics

Thesaurus

The European Thesaurus on International Relations and Area Studies is availaible in a
seven-lingual print edition.
The Thesaurus can be accessed online at the IREON Gateway.
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